Pixels to Resolution

by Larry Emmott on March 11, 2006

in Cameras,Hardware

What is the best resolution your monitor is capable of? If it is new and fairly high end it may go as high as 1600 x 1200. Do the math; 1600 x 1200 = 1,920,000. That is just less than 2 megapixels (A megapixel equals one million pixels).

That means if you pay the big bucks for a high resolution camera and then take images at the highest resolution most of it is wasted. For example if you display an 8 Megapixel image on a 1200 x 1600 monitor then over 75% of the image is tossed out.

Get a good camera for the quality optics and features but don’t waste bandwidth on high resolution images. For most dental uses a 2–3 Megapixel image is great.

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