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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by mz-n10 View Post
As everyone has said higher MP does not mean HIGHER QUALITY, it just means you have HIGHER QUANTITY of pixels.

but a lot of people assume that higher MP naturally equals lower image quality. Which isnt true, it all depends on what each pixel takes in. If each pixel gets high quality information, then the image will be of high quality, if the pixel takes in low quality information then the image will be of low quality.
finally someone else has the same view as me on this, if you have 2 cameras all the same except the MP setting the one with the higher setting will take a better photo, if you have it set right, if your in the green jail your still screwed
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finally someone else has the same view as me on this, if you have 2 cameras all the same except the MP setting the one with the higher setting will take a better photo, if you have it set right, if your in the green jail your still screwed
Except there's no such thing as everything being the same but the MP count. A difference in MP means a difference in sensor technology, and the sensor tech itself plays a role in IQ differences as well.

And as for the part about knowing how to set settings, that's pretty much universal. Unless you're comparing cameras years apart, at this point I really don't think the sensor matters anymore. I'd go on the record to say that I'd take better photos with my point and shoot on manual than with my DSLR on auto.
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Nope, my 2MP Motorola RIZR from about 5 years ago takes better pics than an iPhone 3GS. I know iPhones arnt known for their pic quality, but even so, the RIZR isnt even close to a smartphone, its pretty much as basic as you can get.
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post #14 of 18
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Except there's no such thing as everything being the same but the MP count. A difference in MP means a difference in sensor technology, and the sensor tech itself plays a role in IQ differences as well.
not exactly true.

a580 vs a560 use the same technology and i believe they use the same sensor only binned differently.
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Well, the 2 megapixel camera in my Palm Pixi Plus take much worse pictures than the 2 megapixel Fuji 2650 I bought in 2003 or the Nikon Coolpix 800 my mom got in 2000...

However, in the case of your phone versus your webcam, then yes, the resolution matters a fair amount. Webcams are inherently dumb cameras. The colors are always washed out, the exposure is bad. But also, most webcams only shoot 640 x 480 max... Or 0.3 megapixel. Here your phone is going to be much better. You can resolve much higher detail with that order of resolution difference.

With your camera, more things come into play. A point and shoot will generally have a higher quality lens than a phone, which improves quality a ton. Also, seeing as it is only a camera, the manufacturer has (hopefully) put more time into their algorithms that write the image file so that they can process a much better picture. The additional resolution does help, but the order of magnitude isn't the same going from 5 to 12 as from 0.3 to 5.
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Well, the 2 megapixel camera in my Palm Pixi Plus take much worse pictures than the 2 megapixel Fuji 2650 I bought in 2003 or the Nikon Coolpix 800 my mom got in 2000...

However, in the case of your phone versus your webcam, then yes, the resolution matters a fair amount. Webcams are inherently dumb cameras. The colors are always washed out, the exposure is bad. But also, most webcams only shoot 640 x 480 max... Or 0.3 megapixel. Here your phone is going to be much better. You can resolve much higher detail with that order of resolution difference.

With your camera, more things come into play. A point and shoot will generally have a higher quality lens than a phone, which improves quality a ton. Also, seeing as it is only a camera, the manufacturer has (hopefully) put more time into their algorithms that write the image file so that they can process a much better picture. The additional resolution does help, but the order of magnitude isn't the same going from 5 to 12 as from 0.3 to 5.

What.

Sensor size/quality and optic quality play a much bigger role than file processing and compression formats.

And doesn't nasa use a special 1mp sensor? Megapixels are only important if you plan on shooting advertisements and banners/large prints.
 
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not exactly true.

a580 vs a560 use the same technology and i believe they use the same sensor only binned differently.
Also, sensors with higher/lower MP or different sensor sizes can still use the same revision of technology. The picture of different sensor sizes could all be made using the same tech.
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Sensor size/quality and optic quality play a much bigger role than file processing and compression formats.
And I acknowledged that in my post. And yes, processing algorithms make a noticeable difference.
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