Most of us are choosing less Megapixels but still hounded by MegaPixel Police!

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 14,567
Re: Most of us are choosing less Megapixels but still hounded by MegaPixel Police!

Pantyhose Bandit wrote:

Megapixels are largely a scam anyway. I wrote an article about that which had 1500 views in one day.

Oddly enough, the number of people reading something has no bearing on its truth.

Briefly - they're a stupid but very effective marketing ploy designed to make people buy the next camera.

Briefly - what you say (above and below)  is wrong. This explains why.

The difference between megapixels is so tiddly that it's not worth the time of day.

10 megapixels is better than 8 megapixels? I'm going to call baloney on that one. What is the actual difference? On a 2:3 ratio camera, 8 megapixels is 3456 x 2304 pixels. 10 megapixels is 3888 x 2592. This is a whole 344 pixels wider and a while 298 pixels taller. Whoopie! Bring out the dancing girls!

As I said, I wrote about the great megapixel scam ages ago. I opted out of extra megapixels when cameras reached 8 megapixels. I just don't need more. I have printed 16x24 competition prints from 8 megapixels with no problem.

99.9% of my photos stay on my computer. Bigger images are just a waste of storage space. It's the same for everybody.

A certain way to identify nonsense is when someone invents a statistic (we know it's invented because it's impossible to ascertain the true number) and applies it to everybody (where "everybody" is itself an invented statistic: "100% of the population").

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