Storage Capacity of Secure Digital (SD) Cards (1GB up to 32GB)

How many pictures can a 1GB SD Card take? How many minutes can a 2GB SD card record? You see these are some of the questions asked by owners of digital cameras and video camcorders relative to the capacity of their SD Cards (or SDHC Cards).

According to wikipedia, “Secure Digital (SD) is a non-volatile memory card format developed by Matsushita, SanDisk, and Toshiba for use in portable devices. Today it is widely used in digital cameras, handheld computers, PDAs, Media Players, mobile phones, GPS receivers, and video game consoles. Standard SD card capacities range from 4 MB to 4 GB, and for high capacity SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB as of 2008. The SDXC (eXtended Capacity), a new specification announced at the 2009 CES, will allow for 2 TB capacity cards.

Many companies (like Kingston and Panasonic) have started manufacturing more and more SD Cards each year to cope with the growing polarity of portable devices. There is this notion that bigger in size is always better when we speak of SD cards. This is not true. The performance of SD cards are also affected by many factors – handling of portable media, condition of the SD Card, weather conditions, etc.

But then again, how many pictures can your SD card contain? Find out below (click on image to enlarge)

Storage Capacity of SD and SDHC Cards

The images shows estimates of how much can your 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB SD cards can take. These are not fixed values. You can adjust the number of photos your digital cameras can take by increasing or decreasing the resolution of your photos. In videos, you can adjust the video quality of your camcorders to do the same.


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  1. fred says:

    the chart is nice but what camera setting are used to get the number of photos a card takes my nikon can adjust to take from 800 to 4000 photos so your chart is realy not much use without knowing the setting you used, if the setting is fine regular or what ?

  2. FREDD says:

    Thanks for the info! Now I got the info I need. I’m quite unsure about the capacity of my 1GB SD card before. Now I know. Keep it up dude!

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