How good is 24meg realy ?

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chris Mak Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
Re: How good is 24meg realy ?

Donald B wrote:

lorenzo de medici wrote:

I'll take a good 12MP sensor over a crappy 24MP sensor any day including Sunday.

I didn't have the patience to read all the replies, maybe I'm repeating what everyone else said. If so, I apologize.

Compare the images from a Nikon D4, D610, and D800. The D4 with the fewest MP (16) produces the best image. The D800 with the most MP (36) produces the worst image. The D610 is in the middle. It's also the cheapest one, which is why I use it.

So the answer to your question is, yes. The main advantage to higher MP is the ability to crop images. But it comes at a price.

I was out shooting fall colors today with the D600 and D7100. It's easier for me to carry two cameras than one body and two lenses. But back home looking at the images, I was cursing the noise in the D7100 shots. But I don't shoot landscapes on tripods. (Not that there's anything wrong with that) Handheld and 450mm. That's when a really good sensor pays off, regardless of how many MP are on it.

Say you can go to a fine French restaurant, where they will give you just barely enough to eat, but everything will be exquisite. Or you can go to one of these places where they give you a huge plate of food, but you could have made it better at home. Which do you prefer?

agree totally.

I may have to agree too. I'm not sure 24mp is what I want on a apsc crop camera. Looking at the images of the k3 that are posted, I can see the increased resolution, but I cannot quite shake the feeling that the images from the 16mp k5II(s) just look better to my eyes in some ways. Not better in terms of detail, but just more convincing. I tend to feel that I would want a FF camera for 24mp. But I guess the increase in mp isn't ging to stop, so I'm hoping that Pentax will not go for a 36mp FF. The fact that Nikon just released a 16mp FF at 3000,- is encouraging though regarding a retreat from the mp increase.


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