Archive for May 2nd, 2008

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May
08

The futility of the megapixel race

I was going to write a lengthy post about the physics of why point-and-shoot cameras with tiny 10MP sensors take terrible pictures but there are probably better writeups elsewhere online.  (For example, see here.)  So, instead I will just complain that camera companies have chosen to continually increase the pixel count in their cameras knowing full well that it’s making the image quality worse.  Someone needs to educate the public on the fact that more pixels doesn’t give you a better image.  Rather, it just gives you a noisy image with lots of noise reduction artifacts occupying a very large file.  I have a 3MP point-and-shoot from 2004 and it takes better looking pictures than most of the sample shots I’ve seen that were taken with 9 or 10MP cameras on the market right now.  Give me a 3-4MP camera with a better movie mode, a longer zoom, and a wider wide-angle focal length and I would be happy.




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