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I’ve long stopped using the highest settings on my cameras because there’s really no quality difference that I can tell other than when I want to zoom in and crop a piece.

On cameras, we need a new spec to help us know what quality image we can expect.

In the meantime, check out this Ars article on the topic:

on Mar 20, 2009

It matters if you want to print them.  It also matters if you are going to do any post work on it.  With that said, it's fairly doubtful that anyone needs more than a 10-12 mega-pixel camera.  I find a 10 mega-pixel camera with a decent flash and a good lens to be more important than a higher mega-pixel camera.  A lens can make a HUGE difference in image quality, as can the quality of the camera's CCD.