Importance of Megapixels?

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Greg Nold
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Importance of Megapixels?
Apr 30, 2012

Hello Folks!

As a newbie, I don't understand what the imortance is in having more megapixels. My D7000, which some were calling the 'Latest and Greatest Nikon' only a year ago, has been eclipsed by the Nikon D3200... which offers 8 megapixels more for a much smaller price. Yet I'm still pretty certain my D7000 is not obsolete yet and will keep making me happy for years to come (understatement).

So what IS the importance of more megapixels and why are they constantly on the rise? Is there a true practical benefit or is it merely a sort of a 'status' thing, or just a way for a camera makers to make their new models more attractive to consumers? I am curious because I doubt anyone could tell from my photos that I only have 16 megapixels to work with.

Thanks! -- Greg

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