24.4 MP Nikon D3X DSLR on the way?

Started Apr 15, 2008 | Discussions thread
georgeRC Contributing Member • Posts: 510
D3x - Nice but not magic

Georgi wrote:

I dont' do the thing you just said, I am genuinely interested in the
reasons and what we would need it to do to buy it.

I personally don't know IF I need it but considering now according to
my website (photo hosting) the max prints they will do from my pics
are 20x30" I wouldnt' mind having more resolution IN case someone
wants something bigger or sharper assuming my lenses can deliver that

What the lens can deliver will be the $64K question. With 24 MP and FF, diffraction will start to show up by f/11 or f/16 and many lenses have a sweet spot at around f/8 or f/11. So, for the largest prints, you should be shooting right near the sweet spot - only. At a pixel spacing of about 6 microns, the D3x if used for the largest possible enlargements will demand really sharp lenses with little choice as to aperture. Forget using DOF creatively, or to make focus less critical. Pretty near every parameter will be critical.

Also, more MP to process and high (let alone higher) fps? That really will require magic!

And finally, more MP without smaller pixel sites? How? And smaller pixels without more noise and being forced to lower ISO - not without major technology improvements, or that good old magic.

The D3x looks to be nice for limited purposes, but should not be anticipated to be a D3 with improvements in every category.

As always, a camera is the result of making many choices at the design stage; if the results match your needs, buy it. The D3x will be sweet for some purposes (If I had the money sitting around, I would love to have one.) but not all purposes.

Doyle, I'm sorry if I sounded like the D3 police - I just hope expectations don't go too high (newer with more MP = better in every way, so some seem to think).

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