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Steve K Dec 23, 2004 10:07 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/23/te...ts/23spec.html

Here is an excerpt:

"Joshua Kairoff, director of display engineering for Pioneer Electronics, calls specs "the low-hanging fruit of technical information" and a tempting tool for marketing departments looking to distinguish their products, even if the specs themselves mislead or shed little light. They also help manufacturers and retailers sell upgrades or higher-end models. A five-megapixel digital camera may seem alluring ("More Megapixels, Better Memories!" promises an ad for the retailer Good Guys), even though "most people's three-megapixel cameras are more than adequate for almost all photography use," said Mark Rutherford, a photographer with studios in Oakland, Calif., and New York City. While megapixel numbers are consistent - camera makers all count them the same way - a given camera's megapixels may be no guide to color quality or sharpness. In many other product categories, specifications are not even based on a uniform measurement method from maker to maker, and tweaking tests to get desired results is a common practice called specsmanship."

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Grinder Dec 23, 2004 11:36 AM

AGREE 100%. Mega Pix are basically a selling tool. Bigger is not ALWAYS better.

It's what the camera DOES with the pixels is what counts.

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most people's three-megapixel cameras are more than adequate for almost all photography use
Unless you are a photography enthusiast. MOST people take snapshots and 3MP is just fine, in fact my 1.3MP is GREAT.

It's when you get semi-serious and want to blow shot up to 8x10 is when you start to have problems with low MP.

See my post
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...249&forum_id=7

BillDrew Dec 23, 2004 4:27 PM

Steve K wrote:
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... even though "most people's three-megapixel cameras are more than adequate for almost all photography use," said Mark Rutherford,...
Simce most people print almost all their pictures at 4x6" almost all the time, he is right.
Steve K wrote:
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... In many other product categories, specifications are not even based on a uniform measurement method from maker to maker, and tweaking tests to get desired results is a common practice called specsmanship.
That goes on with just about any product more complex than pig iron. Reading several reviews, each by several reviewers, will go a long ways toward dealing with that. But even then, reviewers are not consistent. A camera that received good reviews a couple of years ago might be booed off the stage today.


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