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Are Point and Shoot Cameras Coming To An End?

A decade ago, a point and shoot digital camera would have been the perfect gift to someone that’s into gadgets and technology. Unfortunately, the era of point and shoot cameras is coming to an end. Today, a smartphone replaces your average point and shoot and you don’t have to carry an extra device. Progress has spoken but is there a still a place for the old point and shoot? Continue reading Are Point and Shoot Cameras Coming To An End?

When Do Megapixels On A Camera Matter?

Sensor Size
A comparison of Sensor sizes

When I first got into photography years back I searched online and reduced my options to cameras with the highest megapixel. Man, was I naive. Even todays most basic point and shoot can offer a whopping 15 or more megapixels. However when it comes to your image quality there is a lot of misunderstandings that suggest a higher megapixel count would mean better image quality. For the most part this is false because the fact is that image quality depends on the sensor size in your actual camera. (And lens if were talking about DSLR and EVIL cameras but that is getting off topic!) Megapixels refer to the resolution (Size) of your image rather than the actual image quality. Some Nikon camera with lower megapixels out performs some of Canons with much higher megapixel count. In general you can find a point and shoot with 20 megapixels but it does not mean the image quality will better a 10 megapixel DSLR.


My Findings

In my experience I have noticed many people, including myself at one point, who buy their cameras based on megapixels, end up 99.9 percent of the time cropping their image or resizing it because the file was too large to upload some social networking site. On top of that I find that many people never actually view their pictures in edge to edge full screen mode. However when speaking of all camera very general, what does more megapixels mean?




So when do megapixels count?

If you plan to print a lot of your photos then a camera with a higher megapixel count will do you well. A 21 megapixel camera will fill in more pixels per inch on paper opposed to a 12 megapixel camera. Yes, it is true, even in real world scenarios you will not usually notice the difference unless you are indeed printing HUGE posters. I dont know too many people that print huge posters with point and shoots but who knows you guys and girls may be out there. But if youre in the market to buy a DSLR and intend to shoot photos like wedding photography and want huge prints then it is a good idea to have those extra megapixels.