How to choose the correct pixels in a new digital camera
Are you looking to purchase a new digital camera and feel a little confused about how many pixels you need? Don’t feel bad, you are not alone. So, how many pixels do you really need? That depends on how your digital photos will be used.
First let me explain a little about what a pixel actually is and how it works. The term “pixel” is actually short for “Picture Element”. They are the small dots that make up the images that we see in computers or in print. The pixels are arranged in columns and in rows and are so close together they appear as one solid image.
So, if you are using your digital photos to create a printed document, here are the pixels you will need :
5 MP = 2592 x 1944 pixels
Highest Quality Print size – 10 X 13 Inch Print
Acceptable Quality Print size – 13 X 19 Inch Print
4 MP – 2272 x 1704 pixels
Highest Quality Print size – 9 x 12 Inch Print
Acceptable Quality Print size – 12 x 16 Inch Print
3 MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
Highest Quality Print size – 8 x 10 Inch
Acceptable Quality Print size – 10 x 13 Inch Print
Larger than 5 MP is really more for professional photographers and really isn’t needed for your normal every day photo taking. Another reason you might want a higher MP camera is if you are wanting to take photos of a large scene and then crop smaller portions into photos. For this, you would want a little higher MP than your print size so that when cropped you will still have a high quality photo. Also, you might possibly take that “once in a lifetime” photo and want it create a poster or large print.
So, in this instance, bigger isn’t always better in that you may not need that high MP camera to get your perfect photos.