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How many photos can 256GB hold? Off the bat, I am pretty sure that you know it holds a considerable amount of pictures. Whether you are storing them on a hard drive or shooting with a digital camera, 256GB will be able to store tons of photos.

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So how much does it hold? I have created a quick guide below that will provide you with your answers.

How Many Pics Can Fit on 256GB?

Before I get into the meat of the matter, I should start off by saying that the information presented in the tables below are all estimates. The numbers are based off real world numbers, however you can expect 256GB to hold more or less pictures, and it really depends on a variety of factors. This could be anything from the size of the photograph, the megapixels in which it was taken, among other things.

Estimates used:1 MP = 1,000,000 pixels1MB = 1,000,000 bytes, 1GB = 1,000MBJPEG 100% Quality = Visually lossless JPEG compression with 1:10 ratio of RAW image

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

MegapixelsFile size (MB)256GB
4MP1.2183,104
5MP1.5146,480
6MP1.8122,064
7MP2.1104,624
8MP2.491,552
10MP3.073,240
12MP3.661,032
14MP4.252,312
16MP4.845,776
22MP6.633,288

Shooting RAW with your DSLR will end up taking more space, than regular JPG’s. RAW photos are uncompressed and because of that, if you are using a 256GB SD card, then it will naturally end up holding less photos.

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

MegapixelsFile size (MB)256GB
4MP12.018,304
5MP15.014,648
6MP18.012,200
7MP21.010,456
8MP24.09,152
10MP30.07,320
12MP36.06,096
14MP42.05,224
16MP48.04,576
22MP66.03,328

OK, so now you should have a solid idea as to how much photos can hold on 256GB. If you are planning to use a hard drive, or you have a memory card that big, then you should be able to save a significant amount of pictures on the storage medium.

However, if you feel that you need more space, larger storage options do exist.

You should also be aware that you could use this chart to get an idea of how much a 256GB MicroSD card can hold, as this is not just for digital cameras.

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If you want to look at other storage sizes, I have guides on 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 512 GB, 1TB & 2 TB.