Let's put this to rest: 36 MP vs 22 MP

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Let's put this to rest: 36 MP vs 22 MP
Mar 5, 2012

For a given lens, sensor size, and sensor efficiency, more pixels resolves more detail, has less noise, and more DR. If anyone's unclear on that, just as for details.

Moving right along, 36 MP most certainly has operational disadvantages to 22 MP -- slower frame rate, more storage, more processing time (although it's worthwhile to note that a lossy 36 MP RAW file will up the same or less memory as a lossless 22 MP RAW file, while still delivering greater IQ).

Who "needs" 36 MP? Not many, that's for sure. But there is no reason to believe that the 5D3 has better AF than the D800, and every reason to believe that the 5D3 sensor is less efficient.

Thus, the 5D3 offers is a higher frame rate with less IQ in the hands of a photographer who knows how to get it (yes, I know, not that the lesser IQ will matter to most) for $500 more.

So, it's not all about the MP, or even mostly. It's about what you get for $500 more, and I just don't see lower potential IQ, higher frame rate, and smaller files, earns that $500.

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