How do i explain to someone its not about megapixels ?

Started Oct 4, 2013 | Questions thread
Jay Ell Regular Member • Posts: 256
Re: Buy a used F31fd

Joe186 wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

Joe186 wrote:

When I go to pro-camera restricted art or fashion review, sometimes the security will ask to take a look at my camera. I snickeringly show them the “6.3 megapixels” etched into the front handgrip. They always knowingly shake their heads in satisfaction and leave me alone for the rest of the evening.

When I show my prints to the artists, they always buy them for their hard portfolios. Often, I am asked, how I was able to use a pro grade camera at the show. <snicker> I just tell them, “I’m just that good, that’s all”. <snicker>

Then they'd be blown away by what an RX100 could do, or the prints are so small that the IQ advantage of the RX100 is overkill. Still, I wonder if they'd stop you at the door with a "professional" RX100, given that it has 20 MP, and all. I wonder if they screen for those 41 MP cell phones, too.

Eh, those 41 MP phones are semi-bogus.


The lens and pixel density gets them.

Pixel pitch has little to do with noise. And the lens is very high performing.

The Lumia 1020 has not only a larger sensor than the F31, but also one that is significantly more modern, ie. has much lower read noise and higher quantum efficiency. Additionally the lens is faster. It has much higher performance potential in low light as well as other conditions than the F31 has.

My prints are 8.5x11, to fit in standard binders, etc. Though, all the models want those big, long (please don’t say it) 9x12 prints now.

Because of that, I need to shoot at ISO 200/400 with the F31. There’s no noise at all, but I do need to keep very steady hands.

No noise equals plenty of noise reduction. That was always one reason Fuji F31 was though to have excellent low light performance among it's peers. The real advantage of it was that the sensor was quite large for such camera. The sensor itself was mediocre in it's time, very inefficient compared to today's sensors.

As you may be aware of, light itself is noisy, thus if there is no noise, it's been sanitized in software.

An acquaintance has an RX100 II. Believe or not, I still prefer the colors and tones of the F31.

What’s your opinion of that?

Opinions are like [cencored] - everyone has one

(nothing wrong with preferring one camera's performance over another as long as one remains in subjective domain or agrees with evidence, or both. Nice that you like yours!)

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