How Many MEGAPIXELS Do You Really Need? (VIDEO)

As manufacturers continue to introduce cameras with higher and higher resolution, many photographers are confused by conflicting advice about the key differences been models with maximum megapixel count and those with more modest sensors. As a result, many shooters are unsure of what camera to buy next.

If you’re struggling with this conundrum the tutorial below from one of our most trusted instructors is just what you need to understand how much resolution you really need. And there’s a good chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you see.

Canadian pro Simon d’Entremont specializes in wildlife and landscape photography, which is what makes this video so interesting, because landscape shooters typically want all the resolution they can get. In this episode he walks you through all the key variables to clear up popular misconceptions.

Simon begins with a few questions you may have asked yourself: “Do you wonder if the development of ever-increasing higher megapixel camera bodies are worth it and part of your photography future? Do you aspire to own one? Do you even need one for making big prints?”

He poses another relevant query: “Does the recent availability of upscaling software even-up the battle?” Simon answers these questions and more, and what you learn will help guide your next purchase, assist you in making the most of the camera you currently use, and may even save you some hard-earned cash.

Depending upon the type of images you shoot, the best camera for someone with a different style of photography may not be the best choice for you. And a quick glance at the description beneath the video reveals that Simon uses some pretty high-end gear.

Simon’s views on this controversial topic may be challenged by some. Nonetheless, the advice he offers is well worth considering.

There’s much more to see on Simon’s instructional YouTube channel, so take a look when you have time.

We also recommend checking out last week’s post, with a very helpful checklist for shooting the best possible landscape photographs.