If you are a lover of printed photography or paper photography, you will probably be interested in having a photographic camera with a lot of megapixels in it. For starters, the more megapixels, the better quality the picture will have.
But there are a few exceptions. Besides the number of megapixels, other factors that intervene can improve or worsen the quality of our picture (I will tell you more about this some other time).
Some of you will remember about an article I posted titled “4 big camera manufacturer deceptions”. In this article I’d tell you that sure megapixels were important when picking a camera, but you should not give it too much importance. While it is true that a decent amount of megapixels is needed in order to print a good quality photo, we should not look for high megapixel cameras. And it’s that people are usually swayed away by numbers, without even analyzing, without knowing what they want.
To settle this question once and for all, I have prepared a small table (lately I’m all about tables) by which you’ll be able to know how many megapixels you really need if you want to print your pictures in paper.
This graphic is based in a 300dpi quality picture. If you don’t know what this number is, worry not, as it is just a photo quality indicator. Normally, a 200dpi picture should have a decent quality, but here I present to you a table based in a 300dpi quality, or in other words, EXCELENT quality.
Megapixel and Print sizes Table:
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 now you see friends that a 10 megapixel camera should be able to capture pictures that we can print in an A4 folio, ensuring the maximum quality.
Do you understand now why I always insist that it’s ok to care about the megapixels, but you should not obsess with it either?
No more excuses. It doesn’t matter which camera you have, as long as it has 10 megapixels, 8 or 6. It’s not all about megapixels for a good photograph. You will get the good photograph.