As we are fast becoming a more and more reliant on tech we are asking many questions. How many photos can a 64gb memory card hold? How many movies can I fit on a 32gb memory card. How many songs will fit on a 128gb memory card?
As with most things in life there are many variables that will affect getting a straight forward answer.
- Are the images compressed?
- Which format are you using?
- What device are you using?
- Is there a reason for your choices and can you use alternatives? The list goes on and on.
Before you can even begin to decide which card size you will need you need to understand your cards and their capabilities.
Memory Card Speed
The speed class of the card will directly affect how fast you can take photos, record video, transfer to your pc or phone. The higher the better here, the cheapest class you will find is class 4.
I found recently a class 6 card (16gb) for just under£1.50, a bargain right? Wrong! It claims you can record 4hrs of HD video, but that is most probably at a tiny resolution, today we are into 1080p and 4k. Anything less than 720p is not going to be good enough to watch.
Class 10 is today’s standard and to future proof yourself this will be your minimum spec for any card choice. Have a look at this 128gb card, you will not need another for years!
The UHS rating will be important to you if you are recording video a UHS speed class 2 is good but if you are able to get a class 3 card then you will be set. Clss 3 is rated for capturing full HD and 4k so this will be perfect for your needs.
Card capacity – What do I need?
You need to take a bit of time here and think about how you are going to use your card. You may think a smaller cheaper card will be better but what happens when you are out and you have filled it to capacity.
Will you have your phone or laptop to download your content onto? What if you are somewhere precarious like on a boat on a choppy river or hiking through dense brush? Do you really want to stop to take your kit apart to swap out another card? What if you drop and lose it, then all your hard work is lost in an instant.
I personally try to get the largest, fastest card I can get as I know when I am out and about I simply do not want to risk hundreds or pounds worth of kit over saving a few pounds on a memory card. Plus I am not always in a position to have my laptop with me to download my content so ensuring I have adequate storage on my device is paramount.
How many photos, songs, videos can a memory card hold?
If you are a standard photographer and your images are in JPEG or similar format we can use the charts below to approximate your cards capacity based on your devices camera quality.
If you are taking images in RAW format then a good rule of thumb is to divide the figures below by 10. RAW images are uncompressed and take up a lot of space!
If you are using your mobile phone or camera to take video and are unsure of exactly how much footage you will bet from your card have a look at the table below.
This will give you an idea of exactly how much time you can spend filming before your card gets full.
This last table will give you a rough idea of how much space your stored media will take up using standard formats noted within the table.
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With so many different cards on the market these days it’s hard to really know which to choose.
Sandisk are one of the brand leaders for size, quality and reliability so I would not hesitate to recommend them.
I use them all the time and have never had a card fail, even when I accidentally dropped my phone into a glass of orange!
My final word is less is definitely not more in this case. If you can get the largest your budget will allow, especially if you are taking photo’s and/or video as part of a business/blog/website then do so.
Don’t just take my word for it though, have a look at what happy buyers think of Sandisk cards…
Paul M: I’d been waiting for the non-plus Extreme 128GB card to drop in price as it had shot up £6 to £47.99 but somehow stumbled across this one for another couple of quid so bit the bullet.
The reason I wanted this is for my Lenovo A10-70F tablet which lists 32GB as maximum capacity memory card but thankfully, this works fine in it. Recognised immediately, though Lenovo in their divine wisdom had not included exFat support which means I can only transfer files up to 4GB in size.
Why such an expensive card you may ask. Reason I wanted fast is so that I can remove the card from the tablet and use a fast USB3.0 card reader to transfer videos and music. This card does not disappoint. I’m getting the advertised speeds of over 90MB/s when transferring large files, though, as with any card, this speed is greatly reduced when transferring lots of very small files. This is a non-issue for me as i wanted the speed for larger media files.
Tested with crystaldisk benchmark.
Excellent card, excellent value. Arrived next day courtesy of Amazon Prime!
Brian Su: When it comes to data integrity, SanDisk is the only brand that always gives me the confidence or it not getting corrupt or lost. This card is from the Extreme PLUS range which is the 2nd fastest one made by SanDisk. Their fastest cards are the Extreme PRO ones that are almost 3 times faster than this, but costs a whole lot more. These cards are more than adequate for use with the latest Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 and GoPro Hero 5 Black action cameras