5D3 vs. 5D1

Started May 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: The Cult of Megapixels...
In reply to bigdaddave, May 18, 2012

bigdaddave wrote:
Until you want to crop or print big

Very silly comment, medium format backs have lots of meg for a reason

dholl wrote:

danqi wrote:

Of course the resolution of the Mark 3 is bigger, but if the VISIBLE difference in resolution is minimal that does not give it much of an advantage, even in printing.

This should be obvious, but as you indicate many people don't get it (having been sold by the megapixel race).

Even D700 vs D800 comparisons don't reveal that much significant resolution difference (and that's 12mp vs 36mp).

Once megapixels in large-sensor cameras got into double-figures the differences become harder to appreciate in real-world use.

Why is that a silly comment? I'm talking about "real-world" use for normal DSLR users. I'm not talking about specialist MF users (who are outnumbered by real-world DSLR users by at least 100-to-1).

The point stands. Normal real-world DSLR users simply won't properly appreciate the resolution difference between their 12mp 5D or their 21/22mp 5DII/III. Even D700 users will be hard-pushed to appreciate a real usable resolution difference between their 12mp D700 and the 36mp D800.

To the many non-posting readers, go to the review of the D800 and use DPR's brilliant studio-comparison tool to compare the resolution at base-ISO of:


Yes, with that ultra-magnification you can see some difference...but in the real world you'll have to fine-print poster sizes (A3+) to appreciate it. Or you'll have to crop huge chunks out of your picture to gain an advantage with the higher-resolution cameras.

Otherwise? Otherwise, you don't really need more than 12mp.

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