Megapixels can be deceptive!

Megapixels can be deceptive!

What is the first thing strike into your mind when you go to buy a new smartphone, there will so many different answers based on your interest but one thing comes always first, that is more megapixels camera in the phone. Yes after so much evolution in the digital technology smartphone’s camera has improved a lot and can capture the as good photos as DSLRs. But can the smartphone camera replace the DSLR or megapixels can be deceptive? You are in the right place to get all your answers. So don’t waste any time further, let’s get started.

What is megapixel?

Megapixel in the digital world refers to how many pixels your photos have. A megapixel means that our photos have 10,00,000 pixels in it. So typically more megapixels means more pixels in the photo and a clearer and sharper image you will get. You can simply understand this by making parallel horizontal and vertical lines in a rectangular page.

The more lines you draw the smaller square you get and a single small square will refer to a pixel and the paper to your image. I hope you get it. Example, a 12 megapixels camera captures an image having 12 million pixels on it.

Do megapixels matter a lot?

This is a fact and truth that megapixels don’t matter if you have the same size of an image sensor installed in a 5-megapixel camera and another in a 13-megapixel camera. Both will click the same kind of picture and there will be no considerable difference except in size. More megapixels only means you can print your image in a large size that’s it. More megapixels only matters when you edit and want to crop any specific part in your image.

What really matters?

The thing which does really matter is the camera sensor size. Yes, this is the most important thing in a camera. A camera which has a big sensor and fewer megapixels (like DSLRs) can capture a lot better image than a camera with a small size of the sensor and more megapixels (like smartphones). You will be surprised to know that a DSLR camera has hardly 10-16 megapixels and a smartphone has way more megapixels ranging from 5-megapixels to 41-megapixels (Nokia 808 PureView) latest known.

But a smartphone can never beat a DSLR in the image details, you know that very well. The DSLRs have very big sensors compare to the smartphone’s sensors so a large amount of light can enter into the DSLR sensor and that’s why the photos clicked by DSLRs generally very good.

Generally, an 8-megapixel photo is sufficient to print a large size image. So there is no sense to invest your money in the smartphone having most megapixels until you have a tree of money and camera is not your primary concern. Next time if you go to buy a smartphone please consider the above thing and other things. Otherwise, the money is yours and you can spend as much as you can, Who am I to suggest you.

I hope you have understood the misconception and myths regarding megapixel. If you still have any doubts then feel free to ask in the comment section.


Thank you.

Anil Kashyap

I want to explore new things every single moment of life. Life motto: Learn and teach as much as you can until your last breath.

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