What are megapixels and how important are they?

What are megapixels and how important are they?

What is a megapixel?

In this post, we will try to explain the meaning and importance of megapixels. All the photos and videos we watch or shoot are in fact only numerical data. What makes this numerical data generated is the pixels on the camera’s sensor. These square-shaped thousands of pixels are what we call the image.

When you zoom in to an image, you can actually see the pixels. So what these pixels do? There are two data in the pixels. First one is where the pixel is located, and the second one is the color it contains. You can open any photo in Photoshop and see all the pixels one by one in the info section.

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The megapixel word we often hear in the marketing of cameras and mobile phones refers to the number of pixels in a photo. When you take a picture with a one-megapixel camera it consists of one million pixels. And this is displayed as 1MP.

In fact, this is the number obtained by multiplying the small squares in the horizontal and vertical plane. For example, Full HD displays contain 1920 pixels in the horizontal plane and 1080 megapixels in the vertical plane. 1920×1080 = 2.073.600 = 2MP. In other words, the minimum megapixel value is 2MP so that the image is not seen as poor quality on a screen.

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Do megapixels matter in photographs?

Today, however, we can see that the camera manufacturers have made much higher megapixels in their products. In this case, a question arises, is the number of megapixels a determinant in the quality of a photograph? Actually, in terms of importance, there are a lot of elements that need to come before the megapixel value. In fact, the most important thing is the sensor inside your camera or inside your mobile phone. For example, the sensors of the mobile phones are much smaller than the sensors of the DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras, so that even if the number of pixels is high, relatively poor quality pictures occur because the area of the pixels is too small.

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If we want to list the other elements that determine the quality of a photograph together with Megapixel;

  •  Sensor.
  • Processor.
  • The optical quality and sharpness of the lens we use.

As a result, we can say that the megapixels are just one of the factors that determine the quality of a photograph. Do you have any other information about megapixels? Left your ideas and questions in the comments section below! and please don’t forget to follow kuulphoto.com on Twitter @kuulphoto


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