If you are lovers of printed photography, of paper photo, you will surely be interested in having a camera with many megapixels. Well, in principle, the higher the number of megapixels, the better the photo quality.
But there are certain exceptions. In addition to the number of megapixels, there are other factors that can improve or worsen the quality of our photo (I will talk about this on another occasion).
Some of you will remember, in a previous article that I titled 4 great deceptions of the manufacturers of digital cameras I told you that the megapixel has its importance when choosing a good camera, but that it should not be given excessive importance. While it is true that a decent amount of megapixels is necessary to print the photo at good quality, you should not look for large numbers of megapixels. And it is that people generally let themselves be influenced by numbers, often without analyzing, without knowing what they want them for.
To settle this doubt once and for all today I have prepared a small table (lately I get the tables …) by which you can distinguish how many megapixels you really need if you want to print your photos on paper.
This graphic is based on a photo quality of 300dpi. If you do not know what this number is, do not worry, it is an indicator of the quality of the photo. Normally a photo at 200dpi should have a fairly acceptable quality, but here I present the table based on a 300dpi quality, that is, an EXCELLENT quality, in order to respond to the whims of the most demanding
MEGAPIXEL TABLE AND PRINT SIZES
Print Size (cm)
Print Size (inches)
|Prices||Print Size (cm)||Print Size (inches)|
|2 MP||13.2 x 10.2 cm||5.2 ″ x 4 ″|
|3 MP||17.3 x 13 cm||6.82 ″ x 5.12 ″|
|4 MP||20.9 x 13.8 cm||8.21 ″ x 5.44 ″|
|6 MP||25.4 x 16.9 cm||10.02 ″ x 6.67 ″|
|8 MP||27.6 x 20.7 cm||10.88 ″ x 8.16 ″|
|10 MP||32.8 x 21.9 cm||12.91 ″ x 8.64 ″|
|12 MP||36.3 x 23.7 cm||14.30 ″ x 9.34 ″|
|16 MP||41.7 x 27.6 cm||16.40 ″ x 10.88 ″|
|20 MP||46.5 x 31 cm||18.3 ″ x 12.2 ″|
|24 MP||50.9 x 34 cm||20.02 ″ x 13.4 ″|
|30 MP||56.9 x 37.8 cm||22.40 ″ x 14.9 ″|
|36 MP||62 x 41.4 cm||24.40 ″ x 16.3 ″|
|44 MP||68.6 x 45.7 cm||27 ″ x 18 ″|
So you see it friends, a 10 megapixel camera should be able to capture photos that we can print at A4 folio size, preserving the highest quality.
Do you understand now why I always insist that the megapixel is fine but that you don’t have to obsess with that either?
The excuses are over .. No matter what camera you have, no matter if it is 10 megapixels, 8 or 6. It is not the megapixels that will make you a good photo.
You will take a good picture.
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