Greg Harper, the LivinginHD.com Answerman, answers questions from the LiHD community.
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So you’re going out to buy a new digital camera. And everybody’s talking about megapixels, 10 megapixels, 8 megapixels, 12 megapixels, 22 megapixels. Does it really matter? Well the answer is no, it doesn’t really matter. There is certain minimums. For example, if you want a 4 by 6 picture of the standard size picture, probably 3 megapixels is all you need, and 8 by 10, probably 4 to 5 megapixels. If you get much larger pictures you wanna do billiard, billboard-sized, you might wanna the 7, 8, 10 megapixels. What really matters in buying digital cameras is the quality of the lens, how fast the camera is. Those are issues that are more important than a megapixel. So, they’re not totally unimportant but at the end of the day, as long as you have 5 or more megapixels, you are probably good for any type of photo you would like to take with a small camera. It’s only if you start to get into the real professional photography where you’re doing multilayered processing, etcetera, you really have to worry about multiple megapixels. Far more important is the lens. Far more important is the speed of the camera, how fast it is. You don’t want that shot to get away from you. Hope this was helpful. If you want more information, don’t hesitate to go to LivinginHD.com. Look at the answerman. Please don’t hesitate to put comments on. I’d love to hear from you and I’d be happy to answer in another episode. Thanks.