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More megapixels - "Should I upgrade my camera?"

Contributors often ask this question: "do the extra pixels matter?". Here are a few thoughts about it.

What values most to us and the buyers is the content of your image. If the aesthetics are bad, it doesn't matter what your camera can do or how many MP it can produce. This is part of the review criteria and is also taken into consideration at sales level (a very good small image can sell at a higher price than a not-so-popular one with more MP).

Please consider the following, after the above is acomplished:

First, as the number of megapixels increases so is the technology. That equals a more powerful camera, hence better images from a technical point of view.

Second, one can crop an image in a better way if there are plenty of MP, so you will have a creative advantage. Can equal less postprocessing time, or being closer to your subject without the expense of a telephoto. Of course, you will end up with less MP, but with a better image.

Third reason is that the price for larger sizes is better, hence contributors can receive better royalties. Even if we take into account the number of buyers who license for online usage, the average revenue per download will still increase when shooting with a higher MP camera.

Upgrade if you afford the price. My number one priority however would remain the lense and its quality. I would invest into that first and only afterwards in a better MP. The camera will be upgraded once more in a year or two, while the good glass will stay with you for many cameras to come.

Photo credits: Bimarto Sasri.

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April 26, 2011


Thank you so much for that information. I can't afford more than the D-40 I have right now but I have good lenses. And since I started taking my pictures in raw mode the pixels are good most of the time. The challenge though is to take the right picture right away so no cropping is necessary.
Congratulations on your achievements,

February 13, 2008


I agree with you.

February 12, 2008


I would be so happy if I could afford evertything, lenses, tripod, new camera with a higher MP. That is just like chicken and eggs...
Anyway, I just agree, the lense makes the difference, also...
As example the lense sells with my camera make everything grey... Blue and bright sky become grey, and the weather seems also always grey. I never use it that was a waste of money for sure...

February 12, 2008


This is a great article. Many manufactures are introducing new cameras this spring. Whatever we buy today will sell for pennies on the dollar tomorrow. Just wonder what will be a diminishing point of return for megapixels. Most buyers download medium to large sizes. XL and XXL sizes though nice will not sell that much.

February 11, 2008


good advice!

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