I was reading an interesting article yesterday in the latest version of Digital Photo Pro magazine called Will the Megapixel Wars End? It’s a great read and discusses the way that the megapixel count has been used since the onset of digital cameras as the measuring stick for how good a camera is. This was especially true when there was a lot of comparisons being done between film and digital cameras. That era has now passed, with the digital camera market now outselling the film camera market by leaps and bounds. But are the number of megapixels still as critical today as it was when we were dealing with 2 and 3 MP cameras? Nowadays I shoot with 10 and 12 MP cameras and my emphasis is not necessarily on the pixels but on how well they gather light and reduce noise, which is one of the points of the article.
I think back now to a trip I made to Cambodia a few years back and my camera of choice was a Nikon D70s with a whopping 6.1 megapixels, which seems quite paltry by today’s standards. The funny thing is that I have 13×19 prints hanging on my walls that look every bit as good as similar sized prints that come from cameras with twice the resolution. So the question arises, How many megapixels do you need? There is no wrong answer and I think it has to do with what you want to do with those pixels down the road. So today’s poll asks that very question. I look forward to seeing your answers.