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This term refers to the size of an image,usually in reference to a photo from a digital camera or camera phone.

Megapixels mean one million pixels.The resolution of digital cameras and camera phones is often measured in megapixels.For example:- a 5-megapixel camera can produce images with five million total pixels.

Since pixels are usually square and form a grid,a 1-megapixel camera will produce an images roughly 1200 pixels wide by 900 pixels high.

Multi-megapixel images(2 megapixel or greater) are often larger than the resolution of a phone display,so a 5-megapixel camera will  not make much difference  compared to a 3-megapixel camera if the photo is only viewed at full size on a phone.

Rather,high-megapixel cameras are most useful for taking photos suitable for viewing on a PC and /or printing.

However,more megapixels do matter when viewed on a phone,when zooming in or cropping a photo.For example,some phones with 20 or more megapixels let user “zoom in” without losing quality,without an optical zoom lens.They do this by simple cropping a high quality 8-megapixel photo from the center of the 41-megapixel image captured by the camera.

Photos with more megapixels are larger in file size and therefore can take longer and cost more to send over the network at full size.

Most camera and camera phones have an option to take photos at lower resolution(smaller),if desired.This is useful for taking photos that will only be sent via MMS and not transferred to a PC or printed.


Resolution refers to the number of pixels on display or in a camera sensor.Higher resolution means more pixels which provides the ability to capture or display more visual information(more detail and clarity).

For example a display with 720*1280 pixels is much higher resolution than a display with 480*800 pixels.Similarly,a camera with 12 megapixel(12 million pixel) resolution can capture more detail than a camera with 3 megapixel resolution.

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