The 8 mp camreras will collapse market & hurt companies

Started Feb 26, 2004 | Discussions thread
Geir Ove
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In reply to Geir Ove, Feb 26, 2004

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http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1024&message=7799148

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1024&message=7799417

Geir Ove wrote:

Hello,

I have been thinking about this for a while:

I fear that the premature ( ) introduction of the 8 2/3" CCD mpix
cameras will may hurt the different vendors in several ways:

a) The prices of the 5 mpix versions will drop to a level where
no-one makes money on them

b) Th 8 mpix are NOT performing as 8 mpix theoretical levels, they
are in fact barely better resolution wise than their 5 mpix
cousines. In may areas they perform worse, due to limitations in
the optics: Edge softness, CA, PF to name a few problems.

c) I fear that these problems will eventually give the cameras
manufacturers a bad reputation, and that it will be difficult to
sell the lower mpix models as well !

d) It will be difficult or impossible to revert back to 5 mpix 2/3"
CCDs and say: Hey, we where wrong: It's the 5 mpix you should buy,
because that's the upper limit of how many pixels we can cram on a
2/3" CCD and get decent noise and resolution without filtering our
pictures to death (to 5 mpix resolution)

premature because the CCD technology is NOT good enough yet**
to cram 8 mpix onto a 2/3" CCD.

That's may 2 cents.

Geir Ove

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