How many megapixels do I need?

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12Mp, unless...

There is a story that a little girl once asked Abraham Lincoln how tall a man should be. "Tall enough so his feet reach the ground" was his reply.

I want as many megapixels as I can get! Each camera I bought was a Mp increase over the previous one, and (I think) I reaped many benefits each time. I make large prints sometimes, but mostly I like the increased Mp to give me maximum flexibility in post production-- even if that is just NR.

If you are planning to use pictures right out of the camera (no post production), and you expect them to be viewed electronically (not printed), then I would say 12Mp might be all you "need" for the foreseeable future.

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