Camera quality is one of the criteria needed when buying a device, be it a phone, tablet or a camera itself. In the age of selfies and wefies, it is understandable to want to get a device with a good camera. With a range of products in the market, it’s good to know how to buy a device with a quality camera and avoiding wasting funds. One to note is the pixel of the camera.
Pixels, What Are They?
Recently I was reading about the Specs of one of the Infinix Hot Series, the HOT Seven. I was looking for a phone that could boost of about 3GB of RAM and 32GB ROM. And of course battery to sustain for a day or two without causing a gully in my pocket.
The infinix 7 was a good phone but what discouraged me from buying it was it had two 13 MPs camera (Both Front and Selfie Camera). Not good enough if you are a Selfie lover like my girlfriend!
The average Nigerian knows that the higher the number of the camera’s MP the better the camera in focus, picture, video quality and user experience. But still they don’t know how to buy a device with quality camera.
MP is an acronym which means mega pixels. This means one million pixels. A pixel on the other hand is a unit of illumination in a display screen. The word “pixel” is a coinage from “picture element”. It is a combination of these many pixels that becomes an image. The pixels are arranged like pieces of puzzle or mosaics. The more the pixels, the smoother and more pleasing to the eye the image looks. There are approximately 32,000,000 pixels in every inch of 32MP screen. Sweet.
Pixels and Picture Size
Since pictures come in either landscape or portraits, they can be considered as rectangles. Considering the length and width and the amount of pixels that the camera used to take the picture has, we can calculate the dimensions of this picture.
For a picture taken by a 1MP camera, the image is usually 1024 X 1024. (Do the math 1024 X 1024 is equals to 1,048,576. See?) An 8MP camera takes picture sizes of 3264 x 2448. If you care to do the math you will see that it’s the same.
Pixels And Video Quality
Generally, the higher the MP, the better you video quality. But there is a drag. Videos are not still pictures so your display system will affect the final quality.
If you are shooting a 4K video (4K videos can be produced by cameras of about 8MP and above) and decided to view them on a 1080p monitor (about 2.1Mp) you will lose 5.9MP in resolution. That means to enjoy the 8MP video of your neighbor eating noodles, you’ve got to get a 8MP monitor or screen system.
Although there is a correlation between a camera’s pixels and picture and video quality, it’s not the only facto affecting quality. Other factors include, ISO factor, camera sensor, lens quality, colour depth and dots per inch (resolution). Yes, you can have a high resolution camera in your hands and still take amateurish pictures and videos.
What Of Underwater Shots?
Pixels is also needed in underwater photography. So if you are going after those fishes or you just want to take a shot of your own hmm hmm under water, go ahead and buy a device with a quality camera for your beautiful pictures.
The Mega Pixel Of The Human Eye?
Quick question. Does the eye have a megapixel value? Simple answer, yes. The mechanism by which the human eye operates is the same mimicked in creating a camera and since the first breakthrough, it has been advanced so much.
The eye, like a camera uses a lens and a shutter and a background on which it projects the image you are seeing. From calculations, your eye has an approximately 576 MP! Wow!
This is why you see things in extraordinary details in remarkable 3 dimension fashion. The eye can capture with the ease of Thanos’ Snap different colour, depth, style, structure, texture and overlap. Your eye is so precise it can see an ant walking along the wall in such jaw dropping details!
There is more good news, you have two eyes. That’s a combined 1152 MP, Wow. No camera can compete with that!
And again the eye works more like a video stream camera than a still one.
Your eyes can also work in association, focusing on the same image. This is called Binocular Vision. Your eyes picks up the images and updates it per Pico seconds with your Brain. The brain “paints” the view picture by picture and remove the stoppages in seamless fashion. The human being is really an enigma of design.
Now You know