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Old Sep 22, 2006, 1:06 AM   #1
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Our old Leica Digilux Zoom - same as the Fuji MX1700 - still works & often gets used when we want to carry something less bulky than our Olympus C2100UZ.

Apropos sensor sizes, this has only 1.5 megapixels, but they're in a 1/2" sensor (& that's bigger than most point and shoots - they're mostly 1/2.5" or smaller I think).

Here's a picture of a Nerine opening, taken today. I cropped the picture a bit and still had to compress the file more to get it down to below Steve's 250,000 bytes limit.

It makes me wonder why there's any need for point and shoot cameras to have more and more megabytes? Surely people don't usually make massive prints?

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Old Oct 7, 2006, 6:57 PM   #2
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O.K. Here's another one, taken with it when I was out for a walk late this afternoon, (Oct 7). This one's been cropped a bit too.
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 10:14 PM   #3
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I dunno about your neck o' the woods, Herb, but in America, conspicuous consumption is king! I bet most of the people who buy SUV's don't really need the size or purported off-road capability -- but they're BIG, gosh darn it! There's even a UK company that sells aerosol cans of mud so that guys with massive, testosterone-injected pick-ups who's idea of off-roading is the poorly-maintained parking lot at the local 7-11 can spray it on their man-machines for that little extra touch of rugged cool.

I think that the "Megapixel Wars" is largely marketing hype, part of the same digital Viagra that powers the, "My phone has so many features that I had to go to night school for six weeks to learn how to operate it," mindset. More and bigger is always better.
"Megapixel" is an impressive-sounding buzz-word, too, that lets semi-knowledgable photo department clerks sell cameras to even less knowledgable consumers who buy a 10MP camera, then set it to shoot 5MP because that uses less memory!

Beyond that, though, some people might actually use the 10MP their new camera offers. More pixels gives you greater latitude for cropping and still have enough left over to make a good pic and they might even have a need to print an 11x14 at 300ppi. But, most people probably can get by with 6MP.

Hey.....I wonder when those aerosol mud guys will start marketing a "Carwash-in-a-Can." :-)

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Edit: Just for the irony, check this out:

http://www.newscientisttech.com/arti...-imaging-.html

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Grant,

Mud-in-a-can? I'm still scratching my head over that one. I guess it must be making money for somebody. What next, I wonder?

But the one-pixel camera idea boggles my mind. All done with tiny mirrors in thousandths of a second? I wouldn't have thought anything that sophisticated could be engineered. If it could surely the cost would be huge?

Aside from more megapixels, there's this craze for tiny cameras. I saw one this afternoon that a friend had bought & it wasn't much bigger than a matchbox. I'm looking for something that I can conveniently carry around as a second camera, but I don't want one that small. I've got my eye on the Canon A410 - 3.2 megapixels and a tiny sensor (1/3.2) but it seems to have extraordinarily good resolution from edge to edge.

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Old Nov 7, 2006, 7:55 PM   #5
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I get people at work asking me about buying or upgrading to the latest XXXXXMega Pixel camera and I mainly tell them not to bother. More mega pixels doesn't neccessarily mean better quality pics, just higher resolution.

"Are you going to printout bigger than A4?"I ask. "doubt it" is the usual reply. I tell them not to bother with anything more than 3-4MP (probaby even 2MP will suffice!), anything more is just hype.

".....who buy a 10MP camera, then set it to shoot 5MP because that uses less memory!" Soooo true. I know many people who do this. Every digital camera I have owned has always been set at it's highest resolution. If I need more memory, I get a bigger card. You can only capture the moment once and I want it to be as good as possible. I can down-grade in Photoshop but you can never upgrade. I currently have a Konica Minolta 5D with a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB card and that holds 333 pics at highest resolution (not RAW) and about210 pics at RAW. That'll do me.






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