Photography: Duh – These Megapixels Sure Do Confuse the Heck Outta Me!


Megapixels: the more the better, right? Well I don’t know; and I don’t know how the camera decides how many of it’s alloted megapixels it is going to use when I press the shutter button either. Here’s a case in point. I stood rooted to the spot and took this picture of a bluebell on a grassy bank using a 5 megapixel Kodak C503 using its maximum X3 optical zoom…

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My computer tells me that the resulting picture measures  up at 1.27 megabytes. I then repeated the act with a 12.2 Mp Fujifilm J30 – also on the largest X3 zoom…

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This very similar picture weighs in at a whopping 5.37 megabytes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t see where the Fuji shot is 4.1 megabytes better. It’s like comparing a 50cc Mahindra moped with a Yamaha R6. I think I’d notice the difference there. 

Well, any way, I then used a 16Mp Nikon L830, using it’s X24 zoom to take this picture of the same bluebell from the exact same spot…

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Not unreasonably the megabyte count rises to 6.14. Well it would – wouldn’t it? Actually I’m not so sure; because when I took the following picture with a 20.4Mp Sony HX400V using all of the available x50 zoom…

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…the megabytes used plummeted to a measly 3.49. That’s getting on for half the Nikon; considerably less than the Fujifilm; and not massively more than the ancient Kodak.

Call me a simpleton and a technophobe, but ‘what gives, man?’

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About Tooty Nolan

Writer of silly tales, taker of pictures, and all round good egg
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