How Many Megapixels Do You Need for Wildlife Pictures?

If you're a traveler who loves taking wildlife pictures, you might be shopping around for a good digital camera to take with you on your next trip. One of the most confusing aspects of choosing a camera is the specification of megapixels. A megapixel is, literally, a "million pixels." Therefore, the more dots, or pixels, you have, the finer the detail your picture will have.

Tip 1 - Image Uses

If you only intend on viewing our pictures on a computer monitor, then almost any digital camera will suffice as long as it has 3 megapixels or more for reasonable resolution. However, if you intend to print your pictures in a fairly large format, you will need as many pixels as your budget will allow.

Tip 2 - Largest Photograph

For printing our personal photos, a 4 X 6" photo (640 X 480 pixels) will need 0.3 megapixels, a 5 X 7" photo (1024 X 768 pixels) will need 0.8 megapixels and a 10 X 8" photo (1536 X 1024 pixels) will need 1.6 megapixels. Obviously, if you want to print larger photos than these, you will need to select a much larger number of megapixels.

Tip 3 - How Much Detail

Close-ups of animals, birds or insects contain an enormous amount of detail. Faithfully reproducing this detail requires a huge number of pixels. However, personal photos that doesn't require reproducing highly detailed pictures only require a basic 2-3 megamixel digital camera.

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