50D image quality

Started Apr 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
Peter 13
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Re: more evidence of the mediocre 50D IQ
In reply to james_the_first, Apr 29, 2012

james_the_first wrote:

I do like my 50D and have no plans to change but both high ISO and shadow noise leave something to be desired - even at release they weren't cutting edge

It was cutting edge enough to prompt DPR to write this nonsense:

It appears that Canon has reached the limit of what is sensible, in terms of megapixels on an APS-C sensor. At a pixel density of 4.5 MP/cm² (40D: 3.1 MP/cm², 1Ds MkIII: 2.4 MP/cm²) the lens becomes the limiting factor. Even the sharpest primes at optimal apertures cannot (at least away from the center of the frame) satisfy the 15.1 megapixel sensors hunger for resolution. Considering the disadvantages that come with higher pixel densities such as diffraction issues, increased sensitivity towards camera shake, reduced dynamic range, reduced high ISO performance and the need to store, move and process larger amounts of data, one could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that at this point the megapixel race should probably stop. One consequence of this is that the 50% increase in pixel count over the 40D results in only a marginal amount of extra detail.

Get it? At 15mp on crop, the megapixel race should stop! Ha-ha-ha!

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