You can now send Facebook Messenger photos in higher resolution

Photo by Amelia Krales / The Verge

Facebook Messenger has gotten a bunch of upgrades over the past year, and now you can add the ability to send higher-resolution photos to the list. Starting today, Facebook is rolling out the ability to send “4K” photos on the Messenger app in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. The company says it will also be introduced to additional countries in the coming weeks.

Previously, Facebook says Messenger only supported "2K" photo uploads. But with the update, the app will now support a maximum resolution of up to 4096 x 4096 pixels. It gives a few examples to point out the difference in clarity and sharpness. On the left is how Messenger would previously send a photo, and on the right is with the higher resolution. When zoomed in, the photos’ edges are definitely crisper, and gradients appear smoother. You’ll have to make sure you’re updated to the latest version of the Messenger app in order to send and share photos in the newly supported resolution.

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how come come articles you can post a comment and some you cant? thats all i got to say

Editors have to manually turn the comments on or off when they publish a story.

Can we leave that on by default? Seems annoying to read an article and then… want to say something only to not be able to because someone forgot to click on.

Typically we encourage editors to have them on but there’s been some personal reasons for writers to not have them on. In general though, unless it’s a very controversial topic where trolls will crowd the board we definitely try to keep em on!

About a year ago or so they actually turned off comments on all new articles, these days no comments is at least an exception rather than the rule.

Assuming not coming to Lite version anytime soon?

"4K" is a really weird term when speaking of still photography. I guess it’s a buzzword people recognize?

I wonder why they didn’t go with a maximum MP resolution instead? For example, the maximum resolution they allow now is 4096×4096 pixels, which makes a 16.78 MP picture. Then if you have a 2048×8192 image, both images will have the same pixel-count and roughly the same file-size (depending on content and compression algorithm used), but the latter will get resized and compressed by Messenger, while the former won’t.

At least, most flagship smartphone photos are now "safe", with their 12MP sensors (4032 × 3024 pixels), they fall under the 4096 limit.

It’s probably just easier to explain it to people by using 4K. People understand that it’s around 4000 pixels and generally high res, while almost no one understands how many pixels there are in 16.78 MP, besides photographers obviously.

while almost no one understands how many pixels there are in 16.78 MP

Which is funny considering that this is basically the same as saying "almost no one understands how many dollars there are in $16.78 million."

Besides economists obviously.

Eh, not really. Although I’ve been using a DSLR for years, and daily take photos with my phones (always buying ones with best camera, or one of), I still don’t know how to properly decipher megapixels and only know that "more is better". It’s not much wonder regular people don’t know the exact numbers there.

Besides, "4K" is the go-to buzzword for "high quality" these days. Hell, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it used for sound as well, although that makes no sense.

Well, more isn’t always better actually. That’s one of the deceptions of the megapixel wars. It’s a number that’s easy to compare between competing cameras, but more MP does NOT mean a better camera. Notice that iphones, pixels and galaxies have all stuck with ~12 mp sensors? And they are considered the best phone cameras in the game.

More megapixels means more detail, but at a certain point, if you aren’t going to aggressively crop the photo, more detail is pointless. And in fact, more megapixels tends to mean worse low light performance, since each pixel is getting less light as it is smaller.

But anyway, 16 megapixels just means 16 million pixels. That’s it. That was my point, 16 MP is literally the number of pixels; there’s nothing to decipher. If anything, 4k is a more confusing number because it’s simply one dimension of the frame, and 4k is actually equal to 8.3 MP

I do understand that there are far more factors than just megapixels, but more of them still is kinda better. If phones have identical cameras in everything but megapixels, I’d pick the one with more of them.

Still, 16 million pixels is a number that’s hard for me to decipher. I’m very used to video resolutions (HD, Full HD, 1440p, 4K and all that), but MPs just aren’t as understandable.

Well I mean, you can choose a camera however you want. But going with one over another solely because it has 0.1 more megapixels is like a picking a bicycle because it has 1 more gear. How much value does that one extra give you, versus anything else you might be sacrificing without even a second thought.

In a situation between eg a Note8, iPhone X, and Pixel 2 (which all have ~12 mp cameras), your best bet would just be to look at pictures from all three and see which you like best. 0.1 megapixels is a meaningless distinction in this comparison.

Obviously. But I was talking about a theoretical situation with 2 virtually identical phones, with megapixels being the only difference. In real world they truly don’t matter these days on mobile phones, although I wouldn’t mind them increasing to 16-24 in some future.

I’m pretty sure that anyone who bought a camera or a phone in the past 15 years has heard the term megapixel. 12 megapixel is arguably more commonly understood than 4K, which is much more recent.

Here they picked 4K because Facebook always limited photos to 2048, not actual resolution.

Everyone knows the word, but I’m positive not many understand the meaning behind it. Not a lot of people will be able to decode "4K" into actual pixels as well, but there people at least know it’s "a lot" and "high quality".

So now instead of 2 megapixel photos we can send 8 megapixel photos? Well yeah, it’s an improvement. Too bad we had 8 MP shooters since 2010.

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