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Chapter 8. How to Make a Great Print > A Fundamental Difference

A Fundamental Difference

So why did I wait until now to start to talk about megapixels? If you only plan to view your pictures on a computer monitor, even a 2 megapixel camera is enough. But if you plan to print your photographs, you'll need to think about resolution and understand the basic differences between the ways that a computer screen and a printer create pictures.

See Like a Monitor

The imaging sensor inside the camera is slightly smaller than a piece of 35 mm film, but to make things easier, let's just say it's an inch across and slightly less than an inch down. A 5 megapixel camera would squeeze about 2700 pixels across that sensor and about 1800 down, but for simplicity's sake let's say 2500 across and 1500 down. Let's also say that a 2 megapixel image would have 2000 pixels across and 1000 down.


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