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    Default Mega pixel vs print size

    hi there....like to check with experts
    if i want a print of A3 size, will a 5MP camera do? or do i need higher resolution for better image??
    thanks

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    Quote Originally Posted by auger
    hi there....like to check with experts
    if i want a print of A3 size, will a 5MP camera do? or do i need higher resolution for better image??
    thanks
    yes...it's sufficient

    Even my 3.2MP PnS digicam can print up to A4 size and it's superbly clear!
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    @300DPI, you need 17MP
    @150DPI, you need 4MP.

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    thankkkssss great

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    depends on the lens and image sensor. different 5MP cameras could capture different amounts of details.

    e.g. for 7MP cameras, the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions differs:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonsd550/page10.asp

    however, generally speaking, 5MP pics could make pretty decent A3 size prints. just don't look too close though at the fine details

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    depends on the lens and image sensor. different 5MP cameras could capture different amounts of details.

    e.g. for 7MP cameras, the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions differs:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonsd550/page10.asp

    however, generally speaking, 5MP pics could make pretty decent A3 size prints. just don't look too close though at the fine details
    So does that specially applies to only 7MP cams or higher?
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    So does that specially applies to only 7MP cams or higher?
    no, it applies to any. I just quoted an example.

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    Default Re: Mega pixel vs print size

    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    no, it applies to any. I just quoted an example.
    Ahh...thanks!
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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