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I was recently in the market for a digital camera. Amazing how far even the entry-level devices have come in the last few years, but that’s another post for another day. But in my search for information here’s a couple useful charts I found…despite some rather contradictory information.

Credit where credit is due…from http://www.design215.com/toolbox/megapixels.php :

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And from http://www.bhphotovideo.com/FrameWork/charts/resolutionChartPopup.html :

Digital Camera Resolution Chart

Capture Resolution

Video Display*

Print Size***

2×3"

4×5"/4×6"

5×7"

8×10"

11×14"

16×20"

20×30"

320×240

Acceptable

Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

640×480 – 0.3 Megapixel

Good

Excellent

Good

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

800×600

Excellent

Photo Quality

Very Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

1024×768

Excellent

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

Poor

1280×960 – 1 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

Poor

Poor

Poor

1536×1180

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

Acceptable

poor

poor

1600×1200 – 2 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Acceptable

Acceptable

Poor

2048×1536 – 3 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

Acceptable

Acceptable

2240×1680 – 4 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

Acceptable

2560×1920 – 5 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

Very Good

3032×2008 – 6 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

3072×2304 – 7 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Excellent

3264×2448 – 8 Megapixel

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

10 Megapixel +

Excellent**

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

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