Megapixel calculator

A "megapixel" is one million (1.000.000) pixels. Enter the pixel dimensions of your photo, camera, screen or tv, and calculate how many megapixels that is.

Calculate megapixels

  • Size = 4000 x 4000 = 16,000,000 pixels
  • Pixel count = 16MP pixels
  • Resolution = 16MP pixels
  • Width / Height: 1
  • "square"
  • Type of aspect ratio = "Square"
  • Type of aspect ratio = "Square" (vertical)
  • A full frame sensor would be 24 x 24 mm (1)
  • Pixel density would be 111 pixels/mm or 2820 pixels/inch (dpi)
  • Pixel pitch: 9 micron (rather large)

Calculate (file) size

Print sizes (m2)

dpimax dim (m)max surface
10 dpi billboard10.16m x 10.16m= 103m2
72 dpi newspaper141.1cm x 141.1cm= 1.99m2
96 dpi minimum105.8cm x 105.8cm= 1.12m2
150 dpi magazine67.7cm x 67.7cm= 4588cm2
240 dpi inkjet printer42.3cm x 42.3cm= 1792cm2
300 dpi inkjet printer33.9cm x 33.9cm= 1147cm2
600 dpi laser printer16.9cm x 16.9cm= 286.7cm2
1200 dpi high-end printer8.5cm x 8.5cm= 71.68cm2

Compare to

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Background

For decades, advances in camera technology have been measured in 'megapixels', although more pixels doesn't always mean better quality. The same metric can also be used to describe the resolution of photos, or digital screens. This megapixel calculator brings it all together. Calculate, compare, visualise and estimate.

References

Photo tools

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Depth-of-Field Calculator
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DPI calculator
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Image filesize calculator
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Megapixel calculator
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Megapixel Aspects
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