MORE megapixels... better PHOTOS.... fact of fiction?

March 1, 2007 10:32pm CST
Digital Camera and cellphone makers continue to squeeze over more megapixels int their products. But does that make for better pictures? Some say NO. Image quality isn't improving and some fear it may be actually degrading as the megapixel race escalates. According to an editor of a camera review website, "theres definitely a decrease in image quality". Camera makes says "YES". Higher resolution images are great especially for making large prints and the image quality improves as megapixel goes high. What can you say? What is your ideal megapixel? Should it be at a maximum of six?
4 responses
@chakotay (240)
• Romania
14 Mar 07
There are advantages to increasing the number of megapixels.Larger prints that require a minumum pixel count can be easier to make and , consumers can crop images to focus on just the subject matter they want.But there are cost,too.among the more obivios burdens: Camera image-procesing chip have more data to digest; memory cards and hard disck drivers fill up faster; and photo editing puts greater space, memory and time demands on computer. More subtle problems are also possible . Camera image sensors rarely get larger form one genration to the next, so squezing more megapixels out of sensor means each pixel on the sensor is smaller. In most of the chip business, smaller electronics are dandy, but with cameras, they translate to less light per pixel.taht licht diference means it's harder to distinguish the signals produced by light form the electronic noise in the sensor.
@chocobaby (679)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
the more pixels used to create an image, the clearer the printed or the screen image. and when a high number of pixels are used, the resolution is also higher. resolution is the term use to describe sharpness and clarity of an image.
@JHAvon (8)
• United States
2 Mar 07
It is true to a certain extent more megapixels mean higher quality. However, the quality of a picture isn't just determined by the amount of megapixels. I've seen cameras with 3.2 take just as good or better pictures than those with 6+. What you want is a high quality lens, and more optical zoom, versus digital zoom. If you have a high digital zoom, true it will zoom in pretty good, but the quality is bad. So yes, I think the camera makers are just caught up in the 'more must be better', but if you go and start doing actual comparisions of the pictures, you'll find more isnt' always better. I would put the max at 6, honestly your average camera user isnt going to ever need that much, let alone more. Professional photographers will have more use for the huge megapixel cameras, especially for photos that need to be enlarged and still keep great detail.
@chardyme (1633)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
yes, more megapixel makes better photos. that's why camera or cellphone makers increase the pixels everytime they launch a new camera or cellphone products.