Please comment briefly on whether having the largest megapixel count sensor available is important to you and your printing.

Please comment briefly on whether having the largest megapixel count sensor available is important to you and your printing.
Having that high megapixel count is important to me because I want the ability to make large prints.
66% (154 votes)
While I know my camera can deliver large image file sizes for large prints I rarely make prints that size.
30% (71 votes)
Almost all my prints are 5x7 inches or smaller, so megapixel count is not that important to me.
3% (8 votes)
Total votes: 233

Richard Grinnell's picture

Having higher megapixels available is important to me because I am able to crop an image and still be able to print a good quality image.

Ed Engel's picture

I guess this could be considered the second part to the previous question regarding the full frame sensor in the camera. It would be great to have a full frame sensor / high megapixel count camera. It would mean a little less digital gyrations in maximizing the file to create the larger prints I produce now from my current 6.1 megapixels / APS size sensored camera. Ahem..... the other part of the pixel count / sensor size equation is the affordability of the combo :)

Don Haberman's picture

As an artist it's becoming more important to deliver large prints to customers for decorating larger wall spaces.

Ed Dear's picture

Having the largest megapixel count is not always whats important. The quality of the final photo is.

Larry Witt's picture

I take a lot of landscape pictures and they look better in large print formats.

D.  Bair's picture

Megapixel count is important to me. I print some 8x10's but mostly 5x7's & 4x6's.

Dayna Brown's picture

I want to be able to make large prints, although most will not be larger then 8x10.

Mike Parie's picture

Why worry about the pixel craze and have to upgrade your camera every other month, but worry about the quality of the sensor and the color reproduction is more important then anything.

Craig Cassman's picture

It is important to me because I will crop out a small piece and then print it 8 X 10, megapixels matter.

Harry Futch's picture

I shoot an Olypus E-1. Even with the lower pixel count, I use Genuine Fractals to make 16 X 20 prints. So far I've never had a problem and I love the camera, so - for the cost of the software, the time selecting a good lab to back me up, and the time to learn a few tricks, I happy to save the money that I was tempted to spend on a monsterpixel camera.

Dave Humphreys's picture

I got tired of just printing an 8 x 10 and wanted something special so I bought a Canon 9900 and have printed several 13 x 19 prints from my Nikon D70. They look great and I get a multitude of compliments.

Bob Kraus's picture

Horsepower and megapixels, you can't have too much of either.

Peter Reinharz's picture

I occasionally make 11X14 prints and need the flexibility of higher resolution. Thus, I prefer to scan my 35mm chromes.

Alan's picture

I print numerous 11x14 qnd 13x19's on a Canon I9900 printer. My camera is a Nikon D100 with 6.1 megapixels. If I could afford a D2x I'd buy it. More is better when it comes to megapixels.

Jack Hess's picture

I only print 13x19's a couple of times a month, but when I do I want the quality to be there. Pixel count isn't the only important thing, but I want enough to get the job done.

G.  Vergona's picture

Almost all of my final prints are 13 x 19. If I could, I'd go larger.

King Lambird's picture

8x10's are the largest size I would do with a digital camera. I would use a 120 format for 11x14 or larger.

Peyton Osborne's picture

I still use film because I routinely make large prints.

Richard Rothstein's picture

I want to minimize interpolation. A higher megapixel camera helps me accomplish this especially when cropping is necessary.

Homer Arment's picture

The high megapixel count also lets you crop more if for some reason you didn't want to stand in the middle of the football field to take that shot of your son "The Quarterback" or that deer you never could manage to sneak up to.

Rab Warren's picture

Maximizing features within budget at the outset provides potential for future creative ventures, regardless of any current routine usages... Indeed, it may stimulate one to spread creativity's wings further simply for being able to do so.

Steve Harris's picture

My entire system is designed to get an acceptable print of at least 20x24 or larger, when I get a photo that I like. 8 meg is the smallest SLR that I would consider, and that is not enough.

Dean's picture

I use some of my photos as artwork in my home. I have several that are 16x20. I could not achieve the quality I'm looking for with a lower megapixel count.

Phil Stark's picture

I print 28x40 inches- areial shots and architectural. I first print a review copy using a 42" HP design Jet 500 and then send final copies to the lab. More pixels = more detail.

Robert A.  McPherson's picture

I photograph animals in the wild. I appreciate the high megapixel count when I use telephoto lenses and then crop to bring the subject closer with out pixelation.

Pamela Kutzen's picture

Since my photos are on permanent display at two of the hospitals on the University of Utah Campus and on display in several professional offices, and recently at the Marriott Library on the University of Utah Campus, I must have the high megapixel count. I print more 13 x 19 prints than anything else.(And the beast eats the ink up too, Epson Stylus Photo 2200.) I get exceptional results whether I use film or my Canon 10D Digital. I wish I had the money coming in to purchase a larger format printer, because I get several request for larger prints. Thank you for letting me comment.

Laurel Fink's picture

I think that once you get into the 12 + megapixel range, you can go considerably higher than 13 x 19, particularly with a full-frame sensor. As we all know, it isn't just about the number of pixels, but the quality of the sensor and digital image processor are also critical.

David Hartmann's picture

13 x 19 prints very nice for special photos where everything turned out perfect. For me that happens in perhaps 1 out of 25 photos.

Robert Yue's picture

I really dislike false advertising about "low" megapixel cameras being able to make huge enlargements and the inconsistant ways that companies rate their megapixels.