Most of us are choosing less Megapixels but still hounded by MegaPixel Police!

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP phazelag Veteran Member • Posts: 3,232
Re: The main point of this.

We don't know what each others experiences or considerations are, with the exception of a few people we may interact with frequently.  And even those people we don't know very much, but we know enough to give them the benefit of the doubt based on previously displays of wisdom.

But it gets old seeing thread after thread of knowledgeable people being flamed for preferring more MP's once in a while.  When I see someone asking about something like this, I ask them questions like;

How would that help you?  What are the downsides to adding more MP's on a sensor? Will that sensor still perform well in low light?  What technology improvements allow for that?

Not everyone needs a lecture and few will even absorb it in that fashion.  So it would just be great to see people trying ask some clarifying questions that help lead both sides to a better understanding of each others point of view.

Addressing your main points:
1- There is no need for higher resolution: what makes for a "higher resolution"? The 8MP sensor on my Sony F828 was high in 2003. How many of these cameras do you say most people are buying that have 8MP? And why 8MP? Why not 5MP? Why would you prefer to have a 5MP camera?

2- Higher resolution equals more noise: not really but let us use this argument further. Are you trying to suggest that higher pixel density is something to avoid? Then, how exactly are 12MP Panasonic sensors better in that regard than 36MP FF sensors or 16-20MP APSc sensors? Conversely, if 36MP on FF is too many on the sensor, a 9MP m43 sensor is too much... Trying going back to 1/2.3" sensors. And is 4MP on the tiny HTC sensor too many?

I must not have made my point very well as I agree with you. I think there is a variety of reasons I would like to have more megapixels. I am just tired of people getting lectures for suggesting more is better. If you havent seen what I am talking about, do a search of dp review with megapixels in the subject and look at the firestorms that ensue.

As far as the Panasonics I am not saying they are better than full frames. But in the same class or category, say for example superzoom bridge cameras it does pan out the most of the time the lower 12mp and more expensive models have begter image quality than the 16mp versions.

I am not saying I would not prefer more, i am saying that lots of understand that more megapixels doesnt always equal better images, but when we are discussing new cameras and mention that it would be nice to have more, a slew of people start telling posters how ignorant they are about megapixels.

This happened very recently and they guy who was being lectured for his desire for more megapixels is one of the best photographers I have seen post a gallery on here. And he makes his living doing nothing but photography. But someone who thinks they are an engineer was lecturing him about megapixels.

Thats what I am talking about.

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