Feb 22, 2013

Smartphones and Tarpaulins

With election day coming and campaign period starting for both national and local candidates, tarpaulins begins to pop up in conspicuous places, becoming more likely an eyesore mostly rather than informative, which made me think, what would an appropriate megapixel (MP) be for at least a 5x8 feet tarpaulin.

Pixel in digital imaging is a physical point in an image, or the smallest addressable element in a display making it the smallest controllable element of a picture represented up front. Megapixel on the other hand represents one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. The bigger the pixel, the higher is its resulting resolution.

Now back to the question at bar, believe it or not, it only need at least 6 MP to cover a aforementioned tarpaulin size, making most of the smartphones at the moment, appropriate to do the job. Below this level will pixelate the images and makes it blurry. This only proves that MP on camera doesn't really count much in reality, the MP war among camera and smartphones was nothing more than a marketing strategy.

Unfortunately, photo enthusiasts like what I consider myself to be, does not live on whats appropriate, we tend to go over the edge, the bigger the MP and cooler it is, the wider the aperture, the better, among the rest of the elements, bottom line is, every single aspect matters, even the smallest.

Anyways, back to the tarpaulins, if a candidate comes and asked you to take a picture for his/her campaign poster, don't mind thinking about of getting your DSLR camera's, your smartphone is just enough.


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