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 I thought I understood that Google Photos uploaded anything less than 16MP at original quality. So why are my 6MP snapshots being reduced? Am I missing something obvious?
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A larger than 16MP file reduced to 16MP will still yield prints of good size.

A 6MP file barely gives decent prints.  After reduction, unacceptable.

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You can not say that in general and then you also must specify your preferred papersize. 

But you can expect a good print if the longest side of the file has 100x as much pixels as the longest side of your paper in centimeters. So for good 4x6 inch print, your file needs to have 1500x1000 pixels at least and that is 1.5 MP only. 
So from 6 MP images you can print up to A4, but if these pictures come from a low quality camera, the amount of MP's is ruïned by other factors. 

The Google compression is comparable with heic on iPhones and that is still good quality. But for poster size prints you really need a DSLR-camera.
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