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What's the Highest Megapixel Camera in the World?

Updated on September 15, 2014

Who Wins for the Highest Megapixel Camera?

What's the highest megapixel camera in the world? The honor could go to several contenders, depending on what type of camera you're talking about. For consumer and professional photography (not space or science products), Nikon can claim the prize in two categories - DSLRs with interchangeable lenses and compact cameras - while Nokia sports the highest resolution smartphone, and Mamiya Leaf claims the highest resolution camera back. The highest megapixel camera in these classes have resolutions that range from 18.2 MP to a whopping 80 MP, and they range in price from under $500 to over $30,000. If you're looking for a consumer camera with the highest megapixels, take a look below to see the winners in 2012.

(Photo of Mamiya DM-Series 645DF Camera with Leaf Aptus-II 80 MP back provided by Adorama)

36.3 MP Nikon D800 DSLR - The highest megapixel DSLR with interchangeable lenses

The Nikon D800 is one of Nikon's top-of-the-line DSLRs, and it can claim the honor of being the highest megapixel camera among DSLRs with interchangeable lenses and full-frame sensors. In addition to having a 36.3 MP sensor, this camera boasts a 51- point AF system with 15 Cross Type AF sensors, an ISO range of 100 to 6,400 (expanded up to 25,600), full resolution frame rate up to 4 fps and full HD video recording.

With a price tag of about $3000, this camera is out of the range of most amateur photographers, although you can rent one at a reasonable price to see the difference in quality a high-end camera can make.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V 18.2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3.3-inch OLED  (Silver) (2012 Model)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V 18.2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3.3-inch OLED (Silver) (2012 Model)

Waterproof and dustproof camera features a 3.3-inch OLED touch screen, an 18.2MP sensor, 5X optical/10X Clear Image Zoom, and Hi-speed AF. The DSC-TX200V also captures low light pictures at up to 10fps and Full HD 1080/60p video.


18.2 MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V - The higest resolution compact camera

If you're looking for the most affordable camera on this page, the Sony Cyber-shot TX200v is it. With a price tag of about $500, this 18.2 MP camera has the highest resolution of any compact camera. It's also waterproof and dustproof, making it a great companion for outdoor shooting. The TX200v also features full HD video recording, built-in GPD, a 3.3-inch OLED screen, 5x optical zoom, and continuous shooting up to 10 fps.

Nokia 808 Pureview - A 41 MP camera in a smartphone

Move over, iPhone. Nokia has just declared war against all other smartphone manufacturers by including a 41 MP camera in the new Nokia 808 PureView. Of course, the phone also offers many other features mobile users will like, too, such as 1080p HD video, 16GB of built-in memory (expandable up to 32DB with a MicroSD memory card), NFC and Wi-Fi technology and much more.

Mamiya DM-Series 645DF 80MP DSLR - The highest megapixel medium format camera

Unless you're a professional photographer or independently wealthy, the Mamiya 645DF with the 80 MP Leaf Aptus ii back is a camera system you won't be purchasing - with the body, lens and back, it will set you back about $35k. But for sheer resolution, nothing compares with the 80 MP Mamiya Leaf Aptus ii camera back.

(Image provided by Adorama).

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      jerry achakpekri 2 years ago

      these cameras should be made hand for easy movements

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      kml123 3 years ago

      errrrrrrr , any ideas ?

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      igniteincognito 3 years ago

      I have to disagree on this topic, though. Hasselblad, based in Sweden, has made two cameras able to take 200-megapixel images: the H4D and the H5D, both able to take 200-megapixel images - in multishot mode. Their base, though, is 50 megapixels each, so if you're counting the base megapixels, the 50 megapixels loses. But if you're counting multishot, the 200-megapixel image wins. It all depends on your definition. Hassenblad's H5D is $40,000+, so you're not likely to need it all of a sudden.

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      shatabdi85 3 years ago

      I have planned to buy a digital camera. This lens is a great help for that.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I get to borrow a friend's Nikon D5100 sometimes and I love it. The D800 is above my price range but that is what I would choose.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens. I love the nikon d800 but it's way out of my budget.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      I must confess that I did not know that photography had reached the dizzy heights of 80MP. At $35k a pop, that is probably not surprising :-) But I am going to look into the possibly of renting one for awhile just for fun.

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      rifathmollamari 3 years ago

      Wow, Wow, Wow what a wow so megapixel! Much quality! Many picture! so wow!!

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      trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      It's not only the highest megapixels, it's the dynamic range which is important.

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      wow till 80 MP, that's just a huge i wanna see a picture of those taken by a camera of 80 MP.

      well done my friend ive learnt something from you

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      trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      What about the Hasselblad range up to 60MP?

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      Jimmy J Oliver 3 years ago

      Enjoyed this Lens Lisa, I have a Canon PowerShot SX 150 Digital Camera which does me just Dandy. Not too complicated, does what it says in the ads - pont and shoot

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I knew they were out there. Thanks for the information.

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      GetPhotographic 3 years ago

      The eternal question - will it make me better photographer? Probably not, but it'd certainly feel good. And the lenses to go with it? Very useful information..

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      grrbtn 4 years ago

      I think over the coming years we are going to see camera lens get higher quality, but actually reduce in both size and weight. Great informative lens well done

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      pluson 4 years ago

      Actually I have read about GIGAPIXELs cameras that aren't space or science products. They are definitely bulky though. Anyway Great lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Might be a few light years before I can afford some of these cameras. A girl can dream, tho. Amazing how much cameras evolve every few weeks. My Nikon is getting kinda long in the tooth, but it was their top prosumer camera at the time I purchased it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I want that one too, but I'll take it under apprenticeship from Jim Reed the photographer.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow - I had no idea they had megapixel capability in that range!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will take the $33K one please! Just put it on Lisa Howard's tab. Thanks!

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      Westeros 4 years ago

      great lens!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Amazing technology.

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      P.s. - I love the Cybershot line of camera's! Looks like the18.2 MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V is my next camera purchase!

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      My 7.2 megapixel point and shoot camera just broke and I was looking around to see how many mp's camera went up to nowadays. I found 18 and then your lens. Wow! 80mp! I can't even imagine how great the pictures would look! I thought my 7.2 did pretty well. I gotta pin this!

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Very informative.

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      I am very anxious to look at photos taken from the 80MP camera, am guessing the resolution will be awesome!

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      I am very anxious to look at photos taken from the 80MP camera, am guessing the resolution will be awesome!

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      I'd love to own one, I never realised there's up to 80MP ones are now available!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you might wanna remember the release date of this post and the release date of the HX-50

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Incorrect info, The sony cybershot dsc hx50 compact has 20.4

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think Canon 600d Is clear enough

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      where are the DSLR with NOKIA?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      NOKIA holds the record of 41mp

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      My SD cards would fill up a bit too quickly, and download and printing times would probably be horrendous!

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      barryk lm 4 years ago

      Very informative and interesting. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dalsa makes cameras and image sensors that exceed 120MP for photogrammetry, and are responsible for some of the images coming from the Mars Rovers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hasselbald has a 200mp back the H4D-200MS

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      unionHelen 5 years ago

      It is amazing that Nikon gets unsurpassed Megepixel.

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      ultravibrant 5 years ago

      never expected that Nokia could pull off a whooping 41mp smartphone

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Useful and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      hmm....I know someone who would love one for Christmas

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      klaird 5 years ago

      I didn't know you could "rent" a high end camera to try it out. Great idea!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful products. but the price? anyway thanks for the information. (passed this information to my friends. tweeted,g+ and pinned)