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Old 11-22-2006, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Megapixels Don’t Matter?

A technology writer for the NY Times has a fairly interesting editorial posted today on why megapixels don’t matter. Definitely something for people to keep in mind this holiday season when you are camera shopping.



We blew up a photograph to 16 x 24 inches at a professional photo lab. One print had 13-megapixel resolution; one had 8; the third had 5. Same exact photo, down-rezzed twice, all three printed at the same poster size. I wanted to hang them all on a wall in Times Square and challenge passersby to see if they could tell the difference.



While some people might be skeptical, I have to agree with this guy…after a certain point, you can’t really tell the difference. Obviously there will be a visible difference between 1.3 megapixels and 5 megapixels, but I think anything above that will be just as the author says, very hard to tell any difference.

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/...ogues-posts-2/
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Clears up a bit of stuff if I really want to know what type of camera I want to buy now
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Nice find warez. Now I can save some money. I was thinking of an 8.1MP sony digital cam, but I'm just going to pick a 7.2MP.
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Okay? Let's have 5 foot tall prints, 10.5mp, 7.1mp, and 5mp, I guarantee you'll be able to tell the difference.
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yeah, most people I know have printers that use 5 foot tall paper

unless it's your job to design large posters, it's going to be a waste.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You can tell the difference between 10 megapixel and 5 megapixel, if you zoom in
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Yeah, if youre big on photoshop, or want to crop out alot of a picture, then you will want more MPs. That said the 5.1 I have works great for most of my purposes
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Yea, for everyday users 5.1 seems to work just fine. The average user is not going to be able to tell a difference unless they dissect the picture...

Although if they were the same price... i'd take the higher megapixel one :P
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Yea, for everyday users 5.1 seems to work just fine. The average user is not going to be able to tell a difference unless they dissect the picture...

Although if they were the same price... i'd take the higher megapixel one :P

yea but what if the camera with the higher megapixel rating is a peice of [snipped] and would more than likely die in a week? Gives ya something to think about doesnt it
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resolution isn't everything anyway. just because a camera can take higher resolution images doesn't mean the CCD is operating correctly and the picture will be good.
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