Too many megapixels? Six is enough for an 8x10.

Started Apr 26, 2009 | Discussions thread
Oly Canikon
Oly Canikon Senior Member • Posts: 1,275
Re: Too many megapixels? Six is enough for an 8x10.

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:

Most non serious photo folks I know print at 6x4" maybe 7x5", and not
a lot else, in fact I know more than a few who don't even print

It's not hard to argue that this silly 14mp+ compact camera nonsense
is aimed purely at selling cameras, and not because folks need to
make massive prints.

And I agree big numbers do not indicate decent image quality.

I see nothing wrong with the article at all, it is true that some
high mp cameras have worse IQ than lower ones. I bet 3mp would do the
vast majority of folks who don't print that big, that get's you a
decent A4 many consumers print much bigger? Not that many


The thing I see wrong with the article is that he states that high pixel count can cause reduced IQ.

It is certainly possible to create a high MPx p&s camera with poor image quality. And there is a point of diminishing returns that can easily be passed. All true, but the author confuses the cause and perpetuates the myth.

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