Megapixels:Photo Print Size

Megapixels:Photo Print Size

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A few retailers are already shipping out the new Nikon D3x. We can hardly wait to get our hands on a testing model!

Along with an ultra high resolution LCD monitor, a 51-point auto focus system, dual CF card slots, an incredible 0.04 second shutter lag and what is almost certain to be outstanding photo quality, one of the remarkable features of the D3x is that it take photos of 24.5 megapixels. 24.5!

How large of a photo can you print with a 24.5mp camera? And how large a print can your current camera produce? Check out our graphic for the answers:

nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size

Said in words, a 24.5 megapixel image can produce a high quality print that’s as large as 20 inches (51 cm) x 13 inches (33 cm) if you print at 300 pixels per inch.

If you print at 200ppi you can print 50% larger images (eg. Nikon D3x photos would print at 30″ x 20.5″) and still get good looking photos. In fact, you probably won’t notice a difference between 300ppi and 200ppi photos if you are using your home photo printer. You would notice a little difference in the sharpness and color contrast, comparing the photos side-by-side, if you use a good commercial photo developer such as Snapfishnikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size. Photos printed below 200ppi your prints will start to pixelate.
nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size

With that, here are the Spot Cool Stuff suggested cameras for various megapixels:

nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size

Megapixels1 Point-And-Shoot SLR
6 Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd Pentax K100
8 Canon PowerShot SD850 IS or Konica Minolta Dimage A200 Canon 30Dnikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size
10 Panasonic DMC-LX3 or DMC-FX500 Canon 40D or Olympus Evolt 420
12 Nikon Coolpix P5100 Nikon D3nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size or D300
15 Canon Powershot SD990IS Canon 50D or Pentax K20D
21 - EOS-1Ds Mark III
24 - Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 2
160 - Seitz 6×17 digital 3

1 approximate
2 The Nikon D3x may well take over the role of our favorite 24mp camera.
3 We hope to review this camera in a separate post in the future. In the meantime, if you’d be so kind, please buy us one of these!

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nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size

nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size

nikon 2 digital camera reviews  Megapixels:Photo Print Size


  1. JonnyM says:

    November 9th, 2010at 3:23 am(#)

    I shoot most of my photos at 2mp resolution on my Pentax WPi, which has a max of 6mp. I can easily print grainless A4 size photos (8 1/2 x 11) at this resolution! It’s a bunch of baloney that you need an $8,000 dollar camera to get a good 16×20 print! With my Nikon D40, ($500 with lens) (also 6mp max res), I can get grainless 16×20 prints shot in unmanipulated jpeg. The chart is totally theoretical and does not apply to real practice.

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    Daren Reply:

    Unmanipulated JPEG? You can’t be taken seriously when you post a contradictory statement like this.. JPEGs are the manipulated data after the camera is done with it’s internal post processing.
    RAW images are unmanipulated and yes, a 6.xMP can squeeze out a good image on an 8.5×11″ sheet, but to say it can print a 16×20 is pushing the top end of fabrication me thinks.

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  2. Spot Cool Tech Stuff says:

    December 20th, 2008at 11:35 am(#)


    In a word: Expensive. The body of the Nikon D3x, sans lens, will set you back around US$8,000.

    FYI, there’s a camera store called Adorama that will ship to Australia (and almost anywhere else):

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  3. Zoe Hellar says:

    December 20th, 2008at 2:32 am(#)

    I am just as excited by the Nikon D3x. But it will be a while before it reaches the shores of Australia where I live. What is the expected price of this camera?

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