Pixel Density is GENIUS!

Started Jul 13, 2008 | Discussions thread
OP RRJackson Senior Member • Posts: 2,555
Re: No really, it isn't

simpy wrote:

What is so magical about 'native' output size? Please explain,
because I really have a hard time understanding why this would be

Do you scale video down to watch it so the chroma noise will be less objectionable?

The usefulness of a camera, IMO, is largely dependent on it's largest printable output, or native resolution. All of which are lacking until you get into very expensive digital backs. A 1DsIII at 300 dpi yields a print 12 1/2" x 18 3/4" (more or less). You're not going to be giving Andreas Gursky a run for his money at those kinds of resolutions. So right now there's no "spare" resolution that can be tossed away in the interest of lowering the noise floor. If it looks bad at its native resolution then it's not a viable product for professional use. Of course, these tiny sensors aren't being used by professionals for the most part. But the validity of pixel density still seems compelling.

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