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What is an image file size?

Images are composed by several dots called pixels, and each of them has a color, represented as a combination of three basic colors (red, green and blue). To store each of these pixels, 3 bytes (24 ones or zeros) are generally used. When an image is large, it may have millions of pixels, and that means storing all information for an image like that in a computer or any device will take millions of bytes.

When a camera or cellphone says it takes 10 megapixels photos, it means that each photo has 10 million pixels (mega = million). And having 10 million pixels means it takes 30 million bytes (or 30 megabytes) to store that photo (which is a lot of space!). If you want to send this photo (or many photos) to a friend by e-mail, it will have to transfer 30 megabytes of data and it will take a while to upload it and a lot for the recipient to download it later.




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