How to Convert Megapixels to Pixels

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To convert megapixels to pixels, multiply the number of megapixels by a million. Learn how pixelation is calculated by multiplying the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels with information from a professional photographer in this free video on photo pixels.

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Hi, my name is James Flint, I'm a professional photographer, and I'd like to take a minute to talk to you about converting megapixels to pixels. As most of you, who have looked at cameras, you're probably familiar with cameras having a megapixel value. You'll see 3.1, you'll see six megapixels, you know, but what does this mean. How many pixels are going to actually be in my image. What's important to understand about megapixels, is it's determined by taking the number of horizontal pixels, multiplied by the number of vertical pixels. And that will tell you the total number of pixels, which is then converted to megapixels. So, when you multiply your number of horizontal pixels, by your vertical pixels, you're going tot get a very large number. And, as opposed to saying that this camera is capable of capturing images up to 10 million pixels, they use scientific notation, and we'll just say that instead of saying 10 million pixels, we'll just call it 10 megabytes. So, basically if you have a megapixel value, it's really, whatever that megapixel number is, times a million, and that's how many pixels are actually in your image. So, that is how you convert megapixels to pixels.

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