Whenever I run into someone with a new camera the first thing they say after I notice and comment on it, is the number of megapixels it has. The megapixel war is apparently still going strong in the minds of all us photographers. But realistically, how many megapixels is enough for the average amateur photographer. Do you need 24+ megapixels or is 10 enough? Does 8mp meet the needs of the average consumer or do they need 14? Lets do little research and find out.
I will attempt to explain my thought processes as to why I chose the Sony Alpha 550 DSLR over the Canon and Nikon models. This is not a review of the camera, but a review of the process I went through prior to buying it.