Printing small prints with different cameras - findings

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Printing small prints with different cameras - findings

I've done this before but not for a few years.

For a long time I have been looking for a compact camera to complement my main cameras. There have been a multitude of these over the years but none ever completely met my needs.

The best I have owned (for me) has been the Fuji X10. It's small, but not too small, and it scores highly on "cameraness". But I have always had reservations for various reasons, one being that the way I configure it for extended dynamic range it is only a 6MP camera. 6MP doesn't seem enough, does it?

I've been considering the various small 1" sensor options but the only one that seem interesting as a camera (the Canon G5x) has some issues and I have never felt the money needed to acquire one justified when I have a perfectly functional X10. It's just that 6MP problem that has been playing on my mind that keeps me pondering about replacing it.

Anyway, today I decided to do a print comparison between my 6MP 2/3" sensor X10 and my 20MP 1" sensor FZ1000 bridge camera (excellent camera). I decided to throw the DP2M into the mix just to see what a real high resolution camera could do.

There is no doubt what the result would be for a large print comparison but the largest print size I can make at the moment is 11" x 8" on A4 paper. So, at that print size, would you expect to see any difference between a 6MP small sensor, a 20MP sensor 2x the area and a APS-C sensor with a 15MP Foveon Merrill sensor?

The short answer is no discernable difference at all in detail rendition in the print from all 3 cameras. Edit:  I can make the prints look different from one another by messing with post-processing (Merrill can get very crunchy if desired) but no noticeable detail differences.

So, what is the reason? Human eyesight maxed out? Limitation of printer resolution? Something else?

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