Reasons for wanting higher mega pixel count

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Jacques Cornell
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Re: Reasons for wanting higher mega pixel count

Cudacke Dees wrote:

10 years ago people say 12MP is enough.
12MP which is 4272 x 2848 on Sony camera.

It is only slightly larger than my 8MP 4K resolution 15 inch HP spectre x360 laptop screen which I look at every day no farther than 2 foot.
I won't even be able to APS-C crop it and still get a full screen image.

with 24MP a APS-C crop barely larger.

so yea unless you are planning to die in 10 years.....

What's your point? Ten years later, a 12MP file is still sufficient to display full-screen without upscaling on a 4K display of any size or to make a print at least 12"x18". If your laptop 10 years from now has an 8K display, your eyes won't be able to discern the difference.

If you want to print bigger than this or view on a 5K or higher-rez display and view at abnormally close distances, then yes, it helps to have more than 12MP.

But, now we're talking about exceeding 42MP, which is a very much higher threshold and one that 99% of photographers will never surpass.

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