First allow me to begin by saying this much, does anyone print hard copies of the pictures they take from their digital camera? If you do, and I do, then how often is it that you’re printing billboards? Yeah, me either. Come to think of it, Facebook sees more of my shots than any printer roll ever will. So why are we all so obsessed with megapixels and how many the camera is equipped with? Go ahead, ask yourself… do you truly know the mathematical answer? I sure didn’t.
For the standard 4X6 print, 640 x 480 or 0.3 megapixels are just fine. If you owned a digital camera circa 1991, you knew this because they were able to print perfectly clear pictures at that resolution back then. If it is clarity and sharpness that you want, you need a steady hand, not 22 megapixels.
If you make a comparison of pictures with varied megapixel densities, the difference isn’t even detectable by the naked eye. Or the monocled eye for that matter. David Pogue ran his own little test on this in 2007 and myth busted some false beliefs.
Surely more megapixels offers up peace of mind for professionals who rely on their work looking immaculate, but for your 13 year old daughter’s iPhone I doubt the megapixel factor is going to change her life.
Before you opt for the more expensive digital camera (or phone) because it has more megapixels, remember this post.megapixel, megapixel myth