How Many Pictures Does a 2GB SD Card Hold?

My Camera is a Canon PowerShot A710 6x optical zoom and has 7.1 Megapixels.

Currently, I have three 2 GB cards and I wonder how many photos I will be able to store on them?

How many pictures does a 2GB SD card hold?

This are some problems for SD card users.

My Camera is a Canon PowerShot A710 6x optical zoom and has 7.1 Megapixels.

Currently, I have three 2 GB cards and I wonder how many photos I will be able to store on them?

This would depend on the camera you’re taking pictures with. The answer to your question is to put that card into your phone/camera and let it do the math based on your camera’s resolution, the format you’re saving to (GIF/JPG/RAW etc.) and the resolution you want to save to (after all you’re not forced to save at maximum resolution.)

Somewhere on the screen your device will show you the approximate number of photos it can store based on the factors I presented. Try it and see what happens

To find out how many pictures a 2GB SD card can hold, put the memory card in your camera. The camera should display the number of exposures you can take on the LCD screen.

If your camera doesn’t have that capability, simply take one photo, then check the file size of that photo.

Then all you need to do is a little maths.  Take the capacity of the card in Megabytes (hint: 2GB = 2000MB) and divide it by file size of the photo in Megabytes.  That should give you a rough estimate of the number of exposures you can take. It can only ever be a rough estimate because image files are not always the same size.

If every picture you have is 1MB (megabyte) then,

2GB = 2000 MB

Total number of pictures = [2000/1] = 2000 pictures

Also, please remember,

1 MB = 1000 KB (Kilo bytes)

Now you can calculate the rest 🙂


How many pictures does a 2GB SD card hold?

The following assumptions were made to calculate the number of images per card(SanDisk):
MP = 1,000,000 pixels
1MB = 1,000,000 bytes, 1GB = 1,000MB
TIFF image has 24 bit color depth, one of 16,777,216 colors per pixel
JPEG 100% Quality = Visually lossless JPEG compression with 1:10 ratio of RAW image

Photos – Compressed (JPEG 100% quality) Images per card.

NOTE: JPEG is the most common file format for consumer cameras.

Megapixels File size (MB) 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB
4MP 1.2 715 1430 2861 5722 11444 22888 45776 91552
5MP 1.5 572 1144 2288 4577 9155 18310 36620 73240
6MP 1.8 476 953 1907 3814 7629 15258 30516 61032
7MP 2.1 408 817 1634 3269 6539 13078 26156 52312
8MP 2.4 357 715 1430 2861 5722 11444 22888 45776
10MP 3.0 286 572 1144 2288 4577 9155 18310 36620
12MP 3.6 238 476 953 1907 3814 7629 15258 30516
14MP 4.2 204 408 817 1634 3269 6539 13078 26156
16MP 4.8 178 357 715 1430 2861 5722 11444 22888
22MP 6.6 130 260 520 1040 2080 4161 8322 16644

Photos – Uncompressed RAW (24 bits per pixel) Images per card

Megapixels File size (MB) 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB
4MP 12.0 71 143 286 572 1144 2288 4576 9152
5MP 15.0 57 114 228 457 915 1831 3662 7324
6MP 18.0 47 95 190 381 762 1525 3050 6100
7MP 21.0 40 81 163 326 653 1307 2614 5228
8MP 24.0 35 71 143 286 572 1144 2288 4576
10MP 30.0 28 57 114 228 457 915 1830 3660
12MP 36.0 23 47 95 190 381 762 1524 3048
14MP 42.0 20 40 81 163 326 653 1306 2612
16MP 48.0 17 35 71 143 286 572 1144 2288
22MP 66.0 13 26 52 104 208 416 832 1664

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