It seems camera manufacturers are in a race to offer cameras with more and more megapixels.
Here is an excellent definition of megapixels and when they count and when they don’t-
What is more important than megapixels is sensor size. the sensor is what collects the light at the other end of your lens and the larger the sensor size the more light can be collected and presumably the better your photos will be.
Here is a sensor size chart-
Most point and shoot cameras today have sensors that are 1/2.3 APS-C sized sensors like the ones found on your average DSLR are much larger and image quality in low light situations are noticeably better.
So when shopping for a camera you can go with a larger DSLR for the very best images or a smaller one with an above average sized sensor that will still fit in your pocket like the one I recommend, the Canon Powershot s95. I think at $369 it is the very best combination of size/price/quality.
Do Not get lured in by megapixels when shopping for a camera. the Mrs’ Nikon D40 only has 6 megapixels (very few compared to todays 12-18 megapixel cameras) but gets photos like these-
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If you ever want a camera recommendation let me know and send me an email. I’ll ask a few questions at to what you will be using it for and give you a recommendation.
Recently on Mashable, highly respected tech blogger Charlie white writes about two cameras in which he pits head to head to decide which is best for a blogger. I conclude that neither are great options. Read the article for yourself and look for my comments at the end-
I say neither.