Canon 50D Pixel Units and Noise

Started Jan 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Stevil Senior Member • Posts: 1,481
Re: Canon 50D Pixel Units and Noise

HumanTarget wrote:

The cameras with the smallest pixels tend to give the best high ISO performance.

Is that true? My understanding is that for a given sensor size, cameras with the smallest pixels give the best low-ISO performance (both noise and resolution,) but large pixels perform better at high ISOs because they generally have lower read noise. The Canon 50D was considered a step down from the 40D at high ISOs for this reason, despite the improved processing engine.

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