Nikon 10Mp image quality for prints - a reality check

Started Aug 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Jared Huntr
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Nikon 10Mp image quality for prints - a reality check
Aug 31, 2012

Anyone that's worked with N1 RAW knows that you can extract a lot more artifact-free fine detail than what appears in JPGs out of the camera. What continues to impress is the level of detail captured by the 10Mp sensor. It also doesn't hurt that the CX lenses have been designed with excellent sharpness across the entire frame and into the corners.

Consider the 100% crops from a V1 below. Note that these are crops, and NOT downsampled.

Here is an example of the portion used:

Now consider that if these are viewed on a 24" LCD monitor at 1600 x 900, the level of detail visible mirrors what you would see in a 3.5 ft x 2.3 ft print if the entire uncropped image was printed. It is difficult to believe that 42" x 28" won't suffice for most non-professional needs. I realize some like to use higher resolution to allow cropping to correct for poor composition at capture time or compensation for using the wrong (too short) lens, but those are really issues of competence and not using the right equipment rather than the viability of printing big with 10 high quality megapixels.

There is something to be said about a camera whose images hold up so well at 100% without resorting to downsampling to hide flaws.

Click on (Original) to view the 100% crops:

Nikon 1 V1
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