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What is a megapixel and why should I care?

360Rize 360Penguin AnnoyedIt’s a term that has found its way into daily jargon when talking about images, screens, and cameras, but what is a megapixel and why is it important?

That’s a great question. It’s important to understand it and why we continue to talk about the 360Penguin shooting 24-megapixel images, and shooting in 4K and 6K for video.360Rize 360Penguin Ratio GraphicA megapixel is one million pixels. Each of those pixels are a point of light that determines the piece of the puzzle that will be your completed image. When you see a megapixel rating, you are being told how many sets of millions you are seeing in an inch.

So, for an 8-megapixel camera, for each inch of data you have eight million data points, or pixels. The larger the number, the more data per inch. That translates to a higher quality, higher definition image for your photo.

Our 360Penguin has the ability to give you 24 megapixels per inch. That’s 24 million pixels! The higher end consumer level DSLR cameras will give you around 24 megapixels as well, but at a higher price point than our $289.88 for the 360Penguin.

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Here’s something the 360Penguin can do that those others cannot do, other than shoot in 360. The Penguin can also shoot in 4k and 6K video in 360. Yeah, more numbers. Here’s what those mean.

The standard for High Definition television is 1080p. That means there are 1,080 megapixels on the vertical side of the television screen. That would be the left and right edges. Our camera shoots in 4K. It’s also called Ultra High Definition, or UHD. For resolutions that high, the measurement is on the horizontal side of the screen, or the top and bottom. 4K resolution equated to 3,840 megapixels by 2,160 megapixels. That’s roughly four times the megapixels of standard HD at 1,920 by 1,080.

Confused yet? Don’t be. That 4K just means that you have almost 4,000 megapixels across your screen, almost four times more than an HD TV.

All of that being said, 6K is similar. Still on the horizontal edge, a 6K screen has nearly 6,000 megapixels and is roughly six times the definition of a standard HD TV.

So What Does All of This Mean?

We know DSLR camera shoot video as well. We get it. Here’s the thing. They shoot in 1080, or standard high definition. Our 360Penguin shoots the entire spherical 360 video in 4K or 6K. We offer a greater resolution and a more complete view than the DSLR cameras will, and at a lower price! Why spend $400 to $500 for a consumer level camera bundle when you can buy the 360Penguin for under $300 and be able to live stream your content to YouTube and Facebook as it is happening at higher resolutions?

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