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How many megapixels are there in a 35 mm film frame?

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There are roughly 20 million pixels in a high-quality fine-grain 35 mm shot. The exact number is dependent on a number of factors, including image quality and the amount of grain in each shot.

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The technical and tangible differences between photographs captured on 35 mm film and those recorded via digital means make it difficult to assign a standard number of pixels per shot. Poor lighting conditions, camera shake and other factors often reduce the number of pixels needed to generate an equivalent digital image.

To produce a digital photograph comparable to a clear, sharp, well-lit 35 mm frame, photographers should aim to use a 20 megapixel digital sensor. Good shots generally require a 12 megapixel digital sensor. Grainier, blurry or low-quality 35 mm images demand fewer megapixels. Lens imperfections and the photographer's camera handling skills also make a difference in the number of megapixels needed to recreate the 35 mm shot.

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