The Megapix­els Myth

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Product Test -

Just like many peo­ple still be­lieve that for­ward­ing a cer­tain email mes­sage to 10 friends will bring them great riches or that the gi­ga­hertz rat­ing of a com­puter means great speed, con­nect­ing higher megapix­els with bet­ter pic­ture is also a myth. Con­sumers must un­der­stand that cam­era com­pa­nies know it but they con­tinue to ex­ploit your mis­un­der­stand­ing. Ad­ver­tise­ments de­clare a cam­era’s megapixel rat­ing as though it’s a let­ter grade, im­ply­ing that a 7-megapixel model is nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter than a 5-megapixel model. Note that even if you have a 5-megapixel cam­era from 2005, it is ‘not’ ob­so­lete. Un­less you are go­ing to print huge posters of each pic­ture, just about 8 megapix­els is fine for nor­mal print­ing pur­poses. More­over, if you only have to store dig­i­tal images and share them on so­cial me­dia plat­forms or dig­i­tal al­bums, then as low as 4 megapix­els is also fine.

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