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New Year’s Resolution

January 2, 2013

With so much publicity about at this time of year about New Year’s resolutions, I thought
I would take a few minutes to air my views on just how much resolution is enough.

If you decide on the type of shots you take and how you will use your images, you won’t need to pay for resolution you won’t use.

Five or six megapixels which is the output of a compact camera or smartphone, is quite sufficient for viewing high resolution images on a computer or tablet, or posting to image sharing sites. Depending on the subject, you can also make excellent, 4″ x 6″ prints and good prints up to A4 size.

Ten megapixels, the output of some higher end compact cameras allows excellent A4 prints of detailed subjects at high resolution. With care, prints up to A3+ are possible. If you shoot RAW and output the files through an image editor, like Lightroom or Photoshop,
it is possible to get substantially larger prints. I have produced prints up to 2 metres high.

With a sixteen megapixel camera such as an interchangeable lens compact or entry level DSLR, you have the option to crop your images and still get excellent resolution with big prints.

Thirty six megapixels, which is the maximum resolution offered in the current crop of full frame cameras, gives incredible detail, provided good technique and high quality lenses are used. Even heavy cropping will still yield extremely large prints. Keep in mind that these bigger files require more time to download and process.

Keep resolution and these simple rules when you decide on a camera and you won’t get caught up in the megapixel race and get the wrong resolution.

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