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There’s quite a few discussion in relation to megapixels all over the internet. I’ve taken a part of it myself: “The iPhone 4 weighing in at five megapixels. The Droid 3 featuring an impressive stat of eight megapixels.“ It sounds good, but do you know what this chatter actually means?

Pixel, not surprisingly, means exactly what it says; basically a very little space of screen real estate. The amount of pixels a camera has is what determines what resolution the photo is. Mega,when used in this context, means one million. Combine the two, and what do you get: One million megapixels.

Some individuals get hooked by these statistics, but Numerous individuals don’t understand that they are talking about a still camera when they speak of these numbers; not a video camera. The video would be the LED flash or VGA part of the camera.

So, as an example, the iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel camera would take pictures in a quality of 3303 x 2477. 8 megapixel camera phones such as the Droid X take photographs in an incredible resolution of 5285 x 3963 (wow!).

I don’t take many photos (I’m more for videos), so I pay much more attention to the quality of the LED Flash or VGA video cameras on a phone. However, it is likely that most people still prefer a good photo over a video.

Of course, the quantity of pixels in a photo isn’t the only thing to consider in a camera’s quality. Also very important are the options a phone has on taking a photo (the iPhone 4 camera can zoom in up to 5 times, as an example).

There is also a point when it doesn’t really matter. Because the quality of these photos are so high now, the resolution makes little difference in the quality of photos on screens with megapixels less than 3 million, and almost no computer screen has that. If you’re looking to display it on a big TV (or one of those hard to find 42 inch computer screens), though, the discrepancy is often large.

So I hope this has helped figure out what megapixels really means, and has provided you with additional information to make certain you make the correct choice in smartphone. If you found this article helpful, check out my site and my review of Showoff by Gordon Korman.

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