Everything You Need to Know About Megapixels

Introduction

At the beginning of the age of digital cameras, it was all about the number of megapixels. A 2-megapixel camera was better than a 1-megapixel camera and a 3-megapixel camera was better than a 2-megapixel camera. If you wanted a better digital camera, you simply purchased the one with the highest megapixel count. This method of determining the quality of a digital camera became ingrained in the minds of consumers and has been sustained by the camera manufacturers.

The number of megapixels was very important when the cameras only had one, two, or three-megapixels. There was a big difference between a 1-megapixel camera and a 3-megapixel camera. Now, however, most digital cameras have at least 5-megapixels and the resolution that the megapixels offer is quite good. So as megapixel counts have increased, their importance has actually decreased.

Yet megapixels are one of the things that determine the quality of a digital camera and of a digital photograph, so today we’ll investigate what megapixels are and how much they really matter.

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Author: Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.

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