A Computer World article says megapixels matter less than you think.
Camera vendors and consumer electronics retailers sell digital cameras as if the pixel count -- the number of pixels a camera's electronics can capture -- is the most important measure of quality.
I'm here to tell you that pixel count has become unimportant almost to the point of irrelevance. Megapixels don't matter anymore.
According to the article, the standard megapixel count is just over 10.
Who needs 10 megapixels? Well, maybe a professional photographer specializing in special effects or someone wanting to blow up photos to wall mural size.
In an effort to convince you that your camera is obsolete and you need to buy a new one, camera vendors keep harping on the more-megapixels-are-better myth.
Their message isn't completely false. In fact, older cameras are obsolete, and if you own one, you do need a new one -- but not necessarily one with maximum megapixels.
Each amateur photographer has a pixel count "sweet spot" that best suits his photography style and abilities.
For most people, that's somewhere in the 4-to-6-megapixel range.
Above that, however, increasing the number of pixels generally reduces the quality of pictures.
I don’t profess to be a digital camera expert but the Computer World article reinforces my long held belief that the emphasis on megapixels has been overblown for the past several years.
The 10X optical zoom was more important to me than the 6.1 megapixels when deciding to buy the EasyShare Z650 shown above. I have the Z650 set to shoot at 4 megapixels and that's really more than I need.
Link here to the Computer World article.