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post #11 of 40
Even if you wanted to increase the megapixel size, the problem is they aren't increasing the sensor size along with it. The image quality actually gets worse. The photocell introduces more noise in the conversion process.

It's like saying the previous WFPC2 on the Hubble space telescope is only 2.5 megapixels and assuming your camera phone is therefore better...
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/15/11 at 6:11pm
post #12 of 40
I will look back onto this. I agree now that I see it this way.
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post #13 of 40
I love having 12MP, only because it makes cropping simple. My gf has a 12MP Casio that looks worse then my Fujifilm at 5MP. Quality > Quantity. Which is why I'd rather have a 1MP sensor in my phone, so long as the actual sensor is larger.
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post #14 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa;13518680 
Even if you wanted to increase the megapixel size, the problem is they aren't increasing the sensor size along with it.

I take it you've never seen a medium format digital back, then.
post #15 of 40
because all the consumers don't understand the significance of sensor size and all they want is more megapixels

my friend once claimed that the camera on an android device was "better quality" than an iphone just because it has more megapixels

i couldn't help but facepalm, there are much more important things than megapixels..
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post #16 of 40
If only this were true... If anything, it's getting worse lately.
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post #17 of 40
It's always annoying to explain this to customers...They just don't know what to be looking for and it takes a good bit of research to really figure out the quality of a camera, the quality of the sensor, lens, etc, etc.

Most people come in, and they will compare two cameras and will wonder why I would recommend one model over another when the one I didn't recommend has more megapixels.

I run into the same issues with computers, where customers walk in and say "I just need something with 6GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive" and assume thats how to gauge performance, completely ignoring the processor inside, whether their basic use would ever saturate that much memory, the speed of the hard drive, what is it using to render graphics, etc, etc...Almost all of our desktops over 600 dollars have 8gb of memory in there just because they know people look at that number.
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post #18 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth;13494793 
I would like to take this time to point everyone toward the How to Photograph Your Build Thread. It's not just about MP. Lighting is very much important...

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post #19 of 40
MP is nothing without the proper sensor.
At least Carl Zeiss knows this.
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post #20 of 40
Now everyone go back to film.. unlimited megapixels!

I wouldn't mind a large format camera..
 
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