Marc: I’m buying my husband a point-and-shoot digital camera for Christmas. How many megapixels is enough?
This is a very common question, but there’s a lot more to a digital camera than megapixels, which is a way to measure how many little dots make up the image.
But to answer your question, if you’re printing a regular 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 photo from this camera, then 6 or 7 megapixels is ample – yes, despite the fact there are 12-megapixel point-and-shoot digital cameras in the marketplace.
Why? The are only two key advantages to more megapixels: if you’re interested in turning a photo into poster-sized prints or if you want to digitally zoom into a photo on your PC and crop it. Most of us never do these things, especially the former.
Important features to look for in a camera is a quality lens and processor, image stablization, face detection, battery life, optical zoom and simple buttons/menu navigation.