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  1. FancyFiona

    FancyFiona TPF Noob!

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    I've been looking at cameras for awhile now and I am going to be buying one in the next day or two. One thing that has me confused...are megapixels that important if I upgrade to a DSLR? How many megapixels should it be to produce great photos?
     
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    Look for a minimum of 10, that will give you good quality for all amateur print sizes.
     
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    I read somewhere that if you went with a point and shoot that you needed at least 10mp, but with the DSLR that less megapixels were okay. So, that isn't true? Some of the ones that I have been looking at are 8.0 mp, so should I go with 10 or greater with the DSLR as well?
     
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    It depends on how big you will want to print and also will determine how much you can crop
     
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    what sized prints are you looking at printing?
    I have a 6.1mp and it is just fine, but i would say go for a least 8mp
    The larger amounts of mp that you get the smaller the effect that it really has.
     
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    I really can't imagine that I would ever print bigger than an 8X10, but if I print an 8X10, I want the quality to be excellent!
     
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    At that size which really isn't that big a 8mp would do just fine
     
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    Another quick question, what does it actually mean when description says "body only"? Does this just mean that it does not have the extra lens because I can't come up with anything else it could possibly mean!
     
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    We are talking about the DSLR, right? I just don't want to get more confused than I already am..if that's possible. :confused:
     
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    i means that there is no lens period, you need a lens to take the pictures so a lens is a must buy on top of the camera body only. Unless your NOT buying from a good dealing the body only will still have battery, charger, etc.
     
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    If you like to crop then a few more Mps are good. 6.1 can make beautiful prints but I find the larger file sizes can be helpful.
     
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    yes were are talking about DSLR, you dont take mp into account when shooting film.
     

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