Summer is here and it will soon be the school holidays. But before you pack yourself off to the Costa-del-sol I recommend you read this article so that you don’t run out of storage space on your memory cards.

The amount of detail that the camera can capture is called the resolution, and it is measured in pixels. The more pixels a camera has, the more detail it can capture and the larger pictures can be without becoming pixelated or blurry.
When taking pictures with your phone or camera it is important to consider 3 things:-

1. Whether you want to do with them (print or store)?
2. If printing what size prints (4×5, 6×4, etc.)?
3. If just storing how much space (Megabytes) will it take up

This chart will give some idea on the typical pixels available on most cameras.

Resolution Diagram 1

From this you can see that you would need at-least a 2megapixel camera with a setting of 1600×1200 to take a picture for a 4×5 print or a 4 megapixel camera with a setting of 2240×1680 for a 6×4 print.

Also, a consideration is what size memory card you need to store the amount of pictures you want, at a resolution good enough for printing.
As a guide, you can use this chart to work out how many pictures you would get on what size memory card.
An assumption is made on the size of each picture in megabytes (MB), as seen in the second column and that images are stored in JPG (compressed) format.

Resolution Diagram 2

Happy Holidays 🙂

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