Do pixels matter? What 20" x 30" prints reveal.

Started Jun 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In reply to LaszloBencze, Jun 18, 2013

LaszloBencze wrote:

It looks like this thread has played out. Having read every post, I'll summarize as follows:

1. Almost everyone agrees that it is near impossible to tell the difference between large prints made from cameras with widely divergent megapixels ranging from 5 to 36.

Not true at all...no consensus there. It is possible to make the comparison hard to distinguish though...like printing only on canvas at 120dpi.

2. A few people argue that certain types of subject matter do reveal these differences. I agree with them but suggest that such subject matter provides a minority of picture situations.

Disagree...any subject with fine detail and there are lots of those (most landscapes, wildlife, portraits...list goes on)

3. Even when there are clear differences between cameras, the differences are not profound but difficult to discern, requiring close comparison.

Depends greatly on the output. The difference can indeed be profound. An example

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51658936

4. The strength of a picture as a work of art far overrides the importance of megapixels. An artistically satisfying picture will be forgiven many technical faults. An artistically mediocre picture will provide a field day for nit picking.

Again, greatly subjective. Elvis on velvet

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