Calculating photo library size for iPad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ubele, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Ubele macrumors 6502a

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    If I have a photo library that takes up x GB of space in my Aperture 3 library, can I calculate how much space space it will take up on an iPad 2? I've read that images larger than 2304 x 1536 are optimized, and that Aperture lets you set the threshold lower than that, but I don't know how that relates to file size. I have about 4,500 photos in my library, which are a mixture of photos shot with a 3 Megapixel camera and an 8 Megapixel camera on the highest-resolution JPEG setting, and 300 DPI scans manipulated in Photoshop Elements and saved as maximum-resolution TIFF files. I don't plan to store music or more than a couple videos on my soon-to-be purchased iPad 2, and I don't need to have my entire Aperture library on it, but I would like to have some idea of what to expect in terms of photo-library size. I'm thinking that a 16 GB iPad 2 will be enough for me. What are other people's experiences with the iPad and photo libraries?
     
  2. TypeMRT, Mar 11, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011

    TypeMRT macrumors 6502

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    Figure on about 1,500 photos per 1GB of storage.

    My Aperture library is about 17,000 photos (and growing) and that translates to an iPod Photo Cache folder (http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1314) size of about 12GB. These are the files that get transferred to the iPad/iPod/iPhone. The original resolution doesn't matter because it gets scaled/optimized to a standard smaller size. The same optimized files are transferred to my iPhone 4 as well. It's a resolution that's good enough to print a decent 4"x6" if you're in a pinch, and certainly enough to email or post online.
     

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