Any thought about the announced Oly compact?

Started Sep 21, 2010 | Discussions thread
Henry Falkner
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Re: Any thought about the announced Oly compact?

Orangesmartie wrote:

Who needs 14 mpx on a small sensor?

I do. the 14MP CCD in my Stylus 9010 merges the noise on a standard A4 print to where you cannot see it. It permits really close crops on low ISO images without bringing up haloes round the edges of contrasty subjects. The current ctop of small 14MP CCDs show detail that got lost with the broad sharpening used in my 2003 vintage Olympus C-750UZ, and they don't show the edge artifacts seen on my 7MP Olympus Stylus 800 pictures.

Some manufacturers unfortunately stuff up the properties of their sensors with excessive in-camera processing. They lift the shadows and increase the saturation, which brings up the noise. So they then kill the resolution with excessive noise reduction. Those techniques do allow pretty 6x4 inch prints - the user never even need to know about the existence of Photoshop and the like, but those techniques do upset camera reviewers and the pixel peepers here.


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