iPad for viewing/storing photos

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nigelly, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. nigelly macrumors regular

    nigelly

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    I am wondering if the iPad stores photos at a reduced rate from your photos within iphoto, like the iPhone does and if they give you the option to store them at full quality and access the photo files on other computers?

    My reason for buying an iPad would be a backup source for my huge library of photos that I could carry around and view (along with all the other cool stuff the iPad does!)

    My suspicion is that the iPad does not offer this, is there anyone other then me that would find this very appealing? Thanks
     
  2. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    When you sync your iPhone or iPad via iTunes, optimized copies of your photos will be put on your mobile devices. Photos take up the most space in iPhoto, a medium amount on iPad, and the smallest amount on the iPhone.

    Your first sync with a lot of photo's will take a LONG time (mine took hours for about 6000 photos). Mileage will vary but my photos take up about 50gb on iPhoto, 10gb on iPad and 5gb on iPhone.

    Of course size and quality are reduced for optimization. IF you want "original" quality photos, try a Flicker subscription (about $30 a year) and the paid subscription offers unlimited space, stores full quality (JPG not RAW), and has unlimited bandwidth. Its not a speed demon either though. But then you can view your photo's from anywhere with a browser and they are all backed up "off site".
     
  3. nigelly thread starter macrumors regular

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    what i would really like is some sort of iPhoto on the iPad that syncs back and forth in entirety with iPhoto on your mac. From the demos I see the photo program is pretty cool and has a lot of iPhoto features but I wish they could do better for us photography buffs, even if they charged for a separate program. It would be nice not to have to rely on my computer
     
  4. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure you will see some decent photo editors, but honestly the iPad just doesn't have the power or capacity to do a good job performing sophisticated edits to large, full resolution photos. For instance, my iPad on a fresh boot usually has about 70mb of free ram. Thats just not enough to do much to manipulate an uncompressed jpeg from say a 10 megapixel image.
     
  5. nigelly thread starter macrumors regular

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    thats the answer that makes my mind up, i guess im going to skip out on the iPad *sigh* haha

    I will probably find another excuse to buy one soon

    thanks for the info jimboutilier
     
  6. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    I'd check out some apps before giving it up. The iPad makes a fab photo viewer given the resolution of its screen, and you may find that an app like (but not necessarily) Goodreader might store the full resolution versions.

    Alternatively, see what firmware 4.0 offers in the autumn.
     
  7. a2rob macrumors newbie

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    I formatted my iPad to accept photos. I formatted the photos to 1024 on the long side. I have all the vertical wedding pictures, all horizontal pictures in their own individual album. It is a perfect viewer for perspective clients to view.
     
  8. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    As a viewer the iPad is terrific. While the photos are not full sized they look great on the iPad. They can also be automaticly sinced of course. But at the moment the iPad is not ideal for backup storage because of optimization or editing because of resource constraints.
     

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