Photography Information

Megapixel Cameras: How Many Megapixels Do You Need?


Knowing which megapixel camera to buy can be intimidating. There are literally hundreds of models of digital cameras out on the market today. How can you know how many megapixels you'll need?

Megapixels: The More the Merrier

For the most part, I would suggest that you get the highest megapixel rated digital camera you can afford. Having said that though, there are some considerations you need to keep in mind before you make your next digital camera purchase.

What are megapixels anyway?

Simply put, megapixels refers to how many millions of pixels make up the images a particular camera takes. The more pixels in the image, the more detail the camera can capture. More detail means better quality and better photos. The higher the megapixels, the larger the photograph that can be produced and still be photo quality.

How many megapixels do you need?

Over the last couple of years as digital cameras have been accepted by the masses and have gone mainstream, the cost of these cameras has gone down considerably. In the past, you had to pay big bucks for anything above 2 megapixels. Today, I wouldn't recommend you buy anything under 4 megapixels if you have any intentions of getting professional prints done from the pictures you take. 4 megapixel cameras allow you to achieve excellent photo quality for any picture size up to 8x10. For most people, this is the largest picture size they would ever get printed.

Is there any downside to lots of megapixels?

High megapixel cameras use up lots of memory. When each picture you take uses lots of memory, it means you fit less pictures on your camera for the same amount of memory. If you have a 3 megapixel camera, you should be able to fit up to 40 pictures on 32mb of RAM. If you have a 6 megapixel camera, for that same 32mb, you'll only be able to fit 20 pictures. Higher megapixels leads to higher storage card costs.

At the end of the day, the more megapixels your camera can do, the more options you have. I would highly recommend you also purchase the largest storage card you can afford to go along with your camera. That way, you're ready for anything life throws at you.

Joe Duchesne is the President of Gotocompare.com a computer hardware information site that provides easy access to device drivers, user manuals and tech support to a wide range of hardware. Reprint this article freely as long as you keep the keyword rich link found in this resource box pointing back to Gotocompare.com.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


New York Times

At Arles Festival, 7 Promising Photographers to Watch
New York Times
These are a few of the questions raised by photographers from places including China, France, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey whose works are on display at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, which runs through Sept. 23. These are edited ...




9to5Mac

These are the winners of the 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards [Gallery]
9to5Mac
The annual iPhone Photography Awards have recognized the best images taken with the iPhone over the last 11 years, and now the winners of this year have been unveiled. As revealed on the IPPA website, this year's winners were selected from “thousands ...
Apple CEO Tim Cook Congratulates 2018 iPhone Photography Award WinnersMac Rumors
See photos from this year's 11th annual iPhone Photography AwardsAppleInsider

all 5 news articles »


Fstoppers

Amazon's Second-Best-Selling Photography Book Is Now Available for Free Download
Fstoppers
The second-best-selling photography book of all time in the “Digital Photography” section of Amazon has been made available for free download by its authors, who are currently celebrating reaching one million subscribers on YouTube. Photographers Tony ...



Fstoppers

Get a New Perspective on Aerial Photography With a 360-Degree Camera
Fstoppers
Drones have given us an entirely new perspective in photography and videography but, of course, they aren't the final frontier. This video from PhotoshopCAFE offers a different take on aerial photography and shows you how to do it. Host Colin Smith ...



Refinery29

This Collaboration Means You Can Soon Get Fine Art Photography For Ikea Prices
Refinery29
If you've always been interested in incorporating photography into your home decor but have never been sure where to start (or felt intimidated by what are typically high prices), beginning with photos curated by a camera brand and a beloved home goods ...

and more »



PetaPixel (blog)

This Best-Selling Digital Photography Book is Free Right Now
PetaPixel (blog)
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography ordinarily costs $20 as a paperback and $10 as an eBook. On Amazon, it's a 5/5-star book with over 2,200 reviews, and it's ranked as the #2 bestseller in the categories Digital Photography and Digital Audio ...



Fstoppers

Talent, Not Tools, Will Determine the Quality of Your Photography
Fstoppers
Today, I state the obvious. But sometimes even the most obvious things can be easy to forget. I got an email yesterday from a talented young photographer. The aspiring professional asked a very logical question, one that I myself would've asked when I ...



WZTV

FERRIER FILES: A dangerous game: Abandoned building photography
WZTV
That is a type of wedding photographer who captures very few posed photos. He is looking for moments. The natural emotion of the day. What most people don't know is that there is another side to Jay Farrell's photography, a temptation he can't resist.


Google News

home | site map | Seashell Photography
© 2006