Questions tagged [megapixels]

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays.

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RAW files store 3 colors per pixel, or only one?

Ken Rockwell says that camera makers consider the individual R/G/B sensors when they talk about megapixels. So the image below would be a 6x6 pixel camera, not 3x3 as you would imagine. If that's ...
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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?

Are more megapixels good? Are more megapixels bad? Do more megapixels increase detail? Do they make my images sharper? On the other side, is there a point that is too much? Do megapixels cause ...
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Does it give higher quality to shoot in low-res mode in-camera, or to downsize high-res photos later?

Suppose you want to store your photos at some lower resolution, let's say about ~1 MB large. You own a camera able to make photos at 5 MPix and more. And, you want to have the maximum quality at the ...
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How does taking lower-resolution pictures with a higher-resolution sensor affect image quality?

Does taking a picture with 8 megapixel resolution with my Canon IXUS with a 1/2.3" sensor and 12M max resolution provides the same or worse image quality (particular, noise) as if the picture was ...
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What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film?

Is there some kind of equivalency table or formula that expresses what kind of pixels you need in a digital camera to have roughly the same quality as a particular ISO graded film? What other ...
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Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels?

Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? Somebody told me so today, and I find it surprising.
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Is the camera sensor or the lens the limit to resolution?

I have a pretty high res sensor on my camera, but sometimes I have the feeling my lens doesn't even get to this resolution. How can I tell if my camera sensor has not enough resolution or if the lens ...
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Does noise in images depend upon “Megapixels” or “ISO”?

I have a question about image quality. Does noise in an image is depends upon "Megapixels" or on "ISO"?
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Why would a more expensive camera have lower megapixels?

Recently, I was on the Panasonic website and came across this camera. When looking at it I noticed it had 12.1 megapixels, which is really low compared to cheaper cameras. So why is the megapixels so ...
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How many pixels in a megapixel?

I am trying to find out the definition of a megapixel? Some references on the web place it at 1 million pixels, and other places say it is equal to 2^20 = 1,048,576 pixels.
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Megapixel race unnecessary?

Have we reached the point where where the megapixel race is more about the race, of having more then the other guy, than about image quality? Only a few years ago 6MP was touted as the optimum number ...
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What features really matter in a point and shoot camera?

I am planning to buy my first new digital camera. Now I am too confused for more than 20 days about how I can choose a camera. I want to use the camera for domestic purpose. The Canon IXUS 220 HS ...
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For digital sensors and in terms of imaging medium, is the minimum CoC equal to the size of 1 sensor pixel or 2? And why?

For digital sensors and in terms of imaging medium, is the minimum CoC equal to the size of 1 sensor pixel or 2? And why? For example purposes using a 35mm Full Frame digital sensor where the pixel ...
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Are superzoom lenses really so bad?

I have read comments in multiple places, both on photo.SE and elsewhere, that superzoom lenses are not good and that most people will be better served by buying two zoom lenses, each spanning a ...
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Is there a program that could analyze the “real” resolution of an image?

Let's take image A: 2560*1920 pixel image in perfect focus. Sharp as a razor. That's 5 Mpix. Let's take image B: image A resized to 5120*3840. It's now a 20 Mpix file, but there's no new data in the ...
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Why does an X megapixel sensor produce X MB of data (in image files)?

Suppose I have 1 mega pixel sensor, it means I have 1*10^6 (1 mega) pixels. If and only if each pixel represent the density of his color in 8 bit depth, so 8 bit = 1 byte, means each pixel is 1 byte ...
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What does a megapixel designation on a lens actually mean?

I know that in a CMOS sensor the megapixels give you an idea of how many pixels are actually there to capture the light. In terms of a lens however, I cannot find any relation between the megapixels ...
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How many “MegaPixels” can the human eye see?

There is obviously a limit to what the human body can process, such as frames per second. My question is how many MegaPixels would it take before the human eye can no longer differentiate it from ...
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Are 2 megapixels enough for HD resolution pictures?

HD pictures has 1920x1080 = 2073600 pixels = 2025 kilopixel = 1.98 megapixel. Does this mean that we can take HD pictures with a 2 MP camera? If not, why not?
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Camera lens or megapixel value: which defines the quality and clarity of the picture?

I have a 5MP camera in my phone. The pictures shows good clarity both in the phone screen and my computer screen. But one of my friends has a different camera with the same 5MP in his phone (brand is ...
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Why do some DSLRs have fewer megapixels than some pocket cameras?

Some point and shoot cameras like the Olympus mju range have more megapixel capabilities than many DSLRs. Why is this? Is this because they have larger sensors or more dense ones? What are the trade-...
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Is “Ultrapixels” just marketing or is there a real benefit?

HTC has branded the sensor in its new phone (the HTC One) to be "Ultra pixels". For the same sensor size it only gives you 4MP where today's standard for top of the line smartphones is 8MP and up. Of ...
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What is Snapsort's “true resolution” score?

On Snapsort I found this explanation: True resolution Manufacturers advertise high megapixels to sell their cameras, Snapsort calculates the true resolution of each camera based on the ...
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Does the panasonic dmc-lz40 take better pictures than the samsung wb35 camera? [duplicate]

I currently have the Samsung WB35f camera and it takes really great pictures and I recently changed the settings so the image quality was at super fine and they turned out better. My plan is too ...
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How can I automatically downsize images which have more pixels than needed for the actual resolution? [closed]

Many factors affect the true resolution of an image — the actual detail resolvable — including lens quality, sensor size and technology, noise and noise reduction, motion blur and camera technique, ...