Q: How much resolution do I need to be considered shooting high resolution photos?
Most of the newer digital cameras have plenty of resolution for beginning photographers to make reasonably sized prints, which means the maximum resolution in a digital camera isn't as important as it used to be. In other words, most new digital cameras can shoot what are considered high resolution photos.
Although resolution amounts are important in determining image quality, keep in mind that all digital cameras of a particular resolution aren't going to yield the same image quality. Lens quality, image sensor quality, and response times of the camera all affect image quality, too.
The amount of resolution you'll want for your DSLR or point and shoot camera depends on how you plan to use the photos. Larger prints require more resolution. With images with a lot of resolution, you also can crop the photo and still print at a large size without losing detail in a print.
Unless you're a professional photographer, it's difficult to imagine that recent cameras won't have enough resolution for shooting high resolution photos. You can make extremely large prints with 10.0 megapixels, and most digital SLR cameras offer much more than 10 megapixels of resolution.
Rather than worrying about the maximum resolution, make sure you're shooting with proper exposure and in good lighting to ensure good image quality.
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