I stumbled on the model world of Michael Smith and it really raises a few interesting points.
Why 3MP is better than 6MP, why old lenses are better than new... it really is a different world. It has me intrigued that fewer pixels are better for this kind of thing.
Ya he needs low details because a good camera gives away they're just toys.
I doubt there are many scenarios out there where people want crappy pictures to make their work look good. This guy is an exception apparently. That, or he's super poor and uses that as an excuse