What are Megapixels? More Megapixels Better Camera! Really?


Since the technological revolution have begun, smartphone have become an essential item in our daily life, we use it all. From home to office, adventure and party and many more. Most of time we use our smartphone to reduce the amount of effort that we may have done; manually. Now, as a functional human being we are surrounded by moments, moments that needs to capture or needed to share with the people on social media and for that we all have our high end smartphone camera, quick and compatible. So, you need your camera to capture amazing picture, resulting brighter and better picture quality. Most of the smartphone’s camera are good but not the best. So, what makes a smartphone’s camera a good camera? Let’s figure out.


You’ll always have that moment when your friend will ask “Hey! How much of megapixels your camera is?” and you’ll proudly say “It’s 13 megapixels.”

Digital cameras capture images as pixel elements, known as pixels. Simply put, a megapixel is equal to one million pixels. Digital images are made up of thousands of these tiny, tile-like picture elements. The more pixels, the higher the image resolution. Resolution relates primarily to print size and the amount of detail an image has when viewed on a computer monitor at 100%.

Printed at 300 dpi

via digitalphotographylive.com
Max Print Size Minimum MP Resolution
4 x 6″ 2 megapixels 1600 x 1200
5 x 7″ 3 megapixels 2048 x 1536
8 x1 0″ 5 megapixels 2560 x 1920
11 x 14″ 6 megapixels 2816 x 2112
16 x 20″ 8 megapixels 3264 x 2468
16 x 24″ 12 megapixels 4200×2800

Having too few pixels makes images look bad through a lack of detail. All camera manufacturers understand this trade-off, which is why on smartphones you’ll typically find sensors packing between five and 20 megapixels

via gizmodo.com

Well, unfortunately megapixels are not the only thing that makes a camera a good camera. Having a high megapixel count is all well and good, but it doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how a camera performs overall. A higher megapixel count equates to more detail. On a smartphone camera, zooming can be particularly important due to fixed-focus lenses, where you want a large megapixel count so detail is preserved.

Viewing images at 100%

A mistake many people make it judging the quality of an image when viewing it at 100% on a computer monitor. The image rarely appears tack sharp. However, when reduced in size for displaying online or printing, a quality image more often than not; looks just fine.

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