Digital cameras forum: Confusion over megapixels vs. megabytes

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) December 3, 2010 2:25 PM PST

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Confusion over megapixels vs. megabytes

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 12/3/10 2:25 PM

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Confusion over megapixels vs. megabytes


I have a new 14.2 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S6000 digital camera. When I take a photo and check its properties, it shows that the size is 1.8 megs. How do I get it to increase in size up to the 14 megs? I have used a Kodak camera that was only 12 megapixels and when I checked the properties, it showed a size of 3.2 megs.

That does not make sense to me. How is it that the camera with the larger megs takes photos with fewer megs? I have tried about every setting on the Nikon but cannot get it to take a photo with more than 2 megs in size. What does the 14.2 megs stand for? Is it not the size of the photo? Please help me; I'm puzzled by this.

--Submitted by: John M.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Industry uses 'mega' far too often! --Submitted by: benrcrom
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7593_102-5038913.html

Megapixels vs. megabytes --Submitted by: rick1025
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7593_102-5038921.html

Mega-overload --Submitted by:
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7593_102-5038918.html

Don't fret. It's not supposed to make sense.--Submitted by: qprize
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7593_102-5038997.html

Two different things, but slightly related --Submitted by: geoffwaddell
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7593_102-5038945.html

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