A lot of smartphones and camera these days showcase their smartphones with more camera megapixel technology, But Do you know What is Megapixel and does having a more Megapixel really matters in a camera? There is a myth that the more megapixel in the camera the greater will be the image quality. Is this statement true? I know you have many questions related to Megapixel and in this article, I will answer all your question and if I miss any of them then please let me know in the comment section I will try to add them.

So What is Megapixel?



An MP or often called as Megapixel is unit of sensing image capacity of the camera. In other words, 1 Mp is equal to one million pixels. The number of Megapixels determines the resolution of an image. The More the megapixel will be the more the image will be detailed.

“Light rays enter the lens and then the rays fall on the sensor. The sensor converts the light into electrical signals, which are digitalized assigning a colour to every pixel. And then, the image is saved onto the memory card.

The sensor surface has to be divided into very small areas, one for every pixel. Therefore, for a certain sensor size, the more Megapixels a camera has, the smaller the area that can be assigned to every pixel.

The image sensors contain tiny receptors, which are called pixels. Each of these receptors can measure the light that strikes the chip, registering the intensity of the light. An image sensor contains millions of these receptors, and the number of receptors (or pixels) determines the number of megapixels that the camera can record, also called the amount of resolution.

The better the lenses, the higher their precision to direct the light rays to every part of the sensor, and the more precise the sensor, the less contaminated every pixel will be by light corresponding to adjacent pixels.”

But Does More Megapixels mean better image quality?

But Does More Megapixels mean better image quality?

Well, it is true up to some extent but it is partially true the quality of a camera also depends upon some more factors like sensor quality, quality of the lenses that are being used, better light condition, Software Enhancement not only by its Megapixel resolution. You might have seen iPhone’s 8MP camera can shoot and give you better images than normal smartphones 13MP Camera. If you use a worse camera and worse lenses with more Megapixels, you will have worse quality pixels. Take into account that the more pixels, the smaller the area size in the sensor to catch the light (the colour) corresponding to every pixel and, therefore, the higher the precision must be in both the sensor and the lenses.

In conclusion, do not choose a camera or smartphone just for its Megapixel resolution. Think of it this way. A larger image sensor in physical size that contains 16MP will have larger individual light receptors on it, while a small image sensor in physical size that contains 24MP will have very small individual light receptors. Choose for the sensor quality, the lenses quality, the ability to take photos under lower light conditions, etc. And if it also has more Megapixels, even better.

So what is the advantages of having More Megapixel in the camera?

Yes, there is an advantage of having more megapixel in the camera the image will be more detailed even if you crop it and set is according to your preferences. The biggest advantage of a high-resolution camera and why people choose them is larger output size – when you want to make a huge print or display all the intricate details of an image on a high-resolution TV/monitor or on the web.


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