How do i explain to someone its not about megapixels ?

Started Oct 4, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: How do i explain to someone its not about megapixels ?

redsf1 wrote:

. . . she wants a 600D for the only reason of its got 18MP. and the only reason she is going for a Canon is cos its what everyone uses. so how do i explain to her its not just MP? ... she wants it for portraits so is never going to massive posters. i just don't know how to explain it to her.

Second, follow John1940's sage advice.

First, however, ask her to sit before her highest resolution computer monitor and open a web browser. Then -- in separate tabs in the browser -- open:

This 18 MP -- 5184 x 3456 pixels -- photo taken by DPReview editor Richard Butler using a Canon 600D


This 6 MP -- 2816 x 2112 pixels -- photo taken, handheld, with an 'umble Fujifilm XF1

Then select Original size; the monitor will be able to show only a small fraction of either image. Wordlessly, scroll the images to places in each photo where very fine hairs on the faces (not coarse beard stubble) show -- where a forehead or a chin or an ear, for instance, is silhouetted against a darker background; scroll to look at areas of skin texture. This will provide a clue to portraiture rendition, but don't spoil it with words. Images sometimes speak louder than words.

Then, follow John1940's sage advice.

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