Updated on 3 December 2015 by

Camera resolutions of 8 MP and above have become the de facto standard even in the entry level point and shoot camera market today. Although resolution of 8MP or more does not produce significantly better quality images than a 6 MP camera, it offers two advantages. One, it offers better quality print images at portrait size of 11x14 in. Another advantage is that it offers more flexibility to crop images.The best digital cameras with resolution of 7 MP or more are generally the point and shoots and entry-level DSLR's.

Pictures with higher resolution take up more memory on the memory card, so use the higher resolution only if you want to blow up your prints. Also, remember to check other factors which affect image quality such as sensor size, performance at high ISO's, lens quality etc before deciding which camera to buy. Entry level dSLR's usually come with resolutions of 8 MP or more, but since the sensors are bigger, they do offer more bang for the buck in terms of image quality. Also it is important to remember that while shooting in low light at higher ISO's it is best to reduce the camera resolution to avoid noise.


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Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm XQ2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Sony Alpha A7S
Fujifilm X30
Fujifilm XQ2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Sony Alpha A7S
$600
$235 - $400
$629 - $900
$2,400 - $2,500
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Release Date
Sep 2014
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
Jul 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Ultracompact
Large sensor compact
SLR-style mirrorless
Optical Zoom
4.0 x
4.0 x
3.1 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
13.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
3.6 mm
3.6 mm
21.64 mm
43.04 mm
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 3.7 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.4 stars
Focus
33% Positive
67% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Image Quality
75% Positive
25% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
83% Positive
17% Negative
Look and Feel
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Display
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
Viewfinder
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive