mac mini for photography (cs2 and lightroom) ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Hummin, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Hummin macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    a mac mini (maybe the upcoming coreduo2) with 2 GB of ram
    will be good to work in photography ? (lightroom + ps cs2 on 10mpixel files)

    I'm using a imac 17" core duo 2 with 2GB of ram , and that's good.

    the mini with 2 GB is really more slower than the macchine I'm using ?

  2. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    no.. you'll be fine, or as fine as the 17" core 2 duo
  3. thumb macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    The mini with intel is great for *most* of what you will want to do. Its biggest drawback is integrated graphics, meaning programs that use the graphics card more than the cpu will not be *as* good as with a more powerful machine. Mostly for photography, that means apple's Aperture. Lightroom and photoshop stress the processor more. That said, it all still works well on the mini (great for hobbiests like me, maybe not so much for pros).

    cs2 of course is still UB, so don't buy it if you dont have to yet.
  4. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    graphic cards are good for 3D ones... aperture is no 3D, so it does not depend on the graphic card (what makes you think lightroom process so much differently than aperture?)

    CS2 is still NOT UB, i take it?

    don't give out misinformation
  5. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Aperture uses Core Image, so the graphics card is important.
  6. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    CS2 is most definitely not UB. CS3 (spring 07?) will be UB.

    A Mac Mini with 2GB will be fine for Photoshop.
  7. Hummin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    I'm working with Photoshop cs2 just these days on a iMac core duo 2 2ghz with 2GB of ram and works good for me.

    I tryed aperture but I don't think I'll keep for work , I feel better lighrtoom.
    I don't play and don't use video editing software .
    lightroom seems to don't make use of core image like aperture so ....

    if the mini with 2GB is the same as my imac 17" core duo 2 well ... that's ok for me. and I can save money instead of buying a mac pro.

    one thing , mini suffers if I leave on all the day working on something ?

    thanks to all

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