How good is 24meg realy ?

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
James O'Neill Veteran Member • Posts: 4,408
Re: Megapixels shmegapixels

Very true.

What most people don't get is that however you increase the number of pixels you're not increasing the resolution linearly - you're recording the image laid down by the lens with greater fidelity.

What the images which kicked the thread off prove (if anything) is that whilst 24MP should be better *if all other things are equal* in reality they aren't: the lens, the availablity of stabilization, photographer technique, AA filter, the processing, all end up contributing to the final image. If these are strong 14MP is plenty, heck I've just passed the 10th anniversary of getting my *ist-D and 6 MP stands up pretty well.  Given a choice between a K3 body a 6MP sensor or *ist-D with 24MP I'd take the K3 - the number of cases where I needed more MP has been negligable. The number of shots I've got with newer cameras that I wouldn't have attempted with older ones is significant.

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