Eli5 the benefits of a 200MP camera


Since Samsung recently announced their 200MP camera I thought I’d ask, what’s the benefit of that? Surely barely anyone’s going to even think about taking photos that big, and if it uses pixel binning won’t it just end up being the same as a camera with a lower megapixel count?

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Well… advertising that their camera has 200 MP is a big start. The average consumer thinks bigger number is better so they go for that.

Beside that phone manufacturers nowadays put a lot of emphasis on computational photography. Even if the data with more smaller pixels is much worse in quality, there is a lot more of this data and they can work with it to computationally produce a better image.