What size Picture Keeper do I need?

It depends.  Whatever the size of your photo collection, we’ve got an option that will meet your needs.

We’ve got options

Picture Keeper is available in multiple sizes, from 4GB to 32GB.

Picture Keeper Pro is available in multiple sizes, from 32GB to 500GB.

Picture Keeper Connect is available in multiple sizes, from 16GB to 64GB.

Picture Keeper for Android is available in multiple sizes, from 8GB to 32GB.

What size is right for me?

All of these products will back up files on your computer. However, because of the varying size of pictures and videos created by different cameras, it can be difficult to determine exactly how many pictures your Picture Keeper will hold.  This guide should help in determining what size Picture Keeper product will best suit your needs.

Since most photos today are taken with a smartphone, we’ll start with phone camera pictures.  The final count will depend on your phone type, the settings you use to take your images, and if you are backing up videos. The number of files that will fit on the drive is dependent on the size of those files. We estimate that a typical “average” photo taken with a modern phone camera is about 2-3MB.

Did you know?

The file size of your photos is partly determined by what is in the photo. A photo with lots of colors, shapes, and detail will create a larger file than a simple photo with fewer colors, even at the same resolution and quality.

Think about a picture of a clock on a blank wall (little detail, small file size) vs a picture of a crowd at a ball game (lots of detail, larger file size).

A good rule of thumb is that you can store about 500 pictures per 1GB of storage, so a 16GB drive will hold around 8000 “average” pictures or about 140 minutes of video from an average smartphone.

Estimator Tool

If you need any additional assistance with determining the size or type of Picture Keeper device you need, please use our Estimator Tool. In a few easy steps, you will be able to find the Picture Keeper device that will fit your needs! Be sure to check it out.

I use a DSLR camera

If your pictures are taken with a high-end camera (20+ Megapixel, DSLR, or “bridge” camera) you will probably want a larger size.  For “above average” photos that are 3-4MB each, you can store about 300 pictures per 1GB of storage, so a 16GB drive will hold around 4500 “above average” pictures.

How many pictures are on my computer?

For a more accurate answer to which capacity Picture Keeper you will need, take a look at the instructions below to determine the current size of your computer’s photo library.  See the steps below for Mac, Windows 10 and 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Mac

  • Open Finder and select ‘Pictures’. Control click on the ‘iPhoto Library’ or Photos Library and select ‘Show Package Contents’ 
  • Control click on the ‘Masters’ folder and select ‘Get Info’. Older versions of iPhoto use a folder called ‘Originals’. 
  • Look for ‘Size on disk’. 
  • Do this for each location that you know you have pictures stored and add up the totals.  If less than 3.00 GB you require the PK 4 model; if less than 7.00 GB you need the PK 8 model. If less than 15.00 GB, you need the PK 16 model. More than 16.0 GB? Check out the PK Pro.

Windows 10 and 8

  • Click the Windows Start button.
  • Click File Manager to open the “This PC” window. 
  • Click Properties to display the size of the database. 

 

  • Do this for each location that you know you have pictures stored and add up the totals.  If less than 3.00 GB you require the PK 4 model; if less than 7.00 GB you need the PK 8 model. If less than 15.00 GB, you need the PK 16 model. More than 16.0 GB? Check out the PK Pro.

Windows 7

  • Click the Windows start button. 
  • Right click on the ‘Pictures’ folder.

  • A sub menu will appear. Click ‘Properties’.

  • Look for ‘Size on disk’.

  • Do this for each location that you know you have pictures stored and add up the totals.  If less than 3.00 GB you require the PK 4 model; if less than 7.00 GB you need the PK 8 model. If less than 15.00 GB, you need the PK 16 model. More than 16.0 GB? Check out the PK Pro.

Windows XP

  • Click the Windows start button. 
  • Right click on ‘My Pictures’ folder. 
  • A submenu will appear. Click ‘Properties’.
  • Look for ‘Size on disk’.
  • Do this for each location that you know you have pictures stored and add up the totals.  If less than 3.00 GB you require the PK 4 model; if less than 7.00 GB you need the PK 8 model. If less than 15.00 GB, you need the PK 16 model. More than 16.0 GB? Check out the PK Pro.

 


I need A LOT of storage

You can also “Make Your Own Picture Keeper” by purchasing our software to put on your own USB flash drive or external hard drive, ANY SIZE!.  It’s really easy to do!  Need more info?  Click here!

If you have any questions, please contact us prior to placing an order.

Updated on November 20, 2017

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