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Old Apr 7, 2004, 6:57 AM   #1
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Default Sensor type for 8 Megapixel Cameras

Do all of the new 8-megapixel cameras: Canon PowerShot Pro1, Konica Minolta Dimage A2, Nikon Coolpix 8700, Olympus C-8080 and the Sony DSC-F828 use the same Sony CCD sensor?

Then if this is the case, is the only difference in these cameras one of lenses and brand-specific features?

Further, Consumer Reports's May issue downgrades at lest the Sony DSC-F828. "But in tests, an innovation in the Sony intended to create richer color actually produced color errors. A fully featured alternative with better color is the 5-megapixel Sony (DSC-F717) . . ."

Anyone else care to comment? Thanks!
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Old Apr 7, 2004, 7:54 AM   #2
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The sensors are the same but the processing is different. There are several parameters they process the image to achieve and the resulting image is a compromise among those parameters some of which are mutually limiting. So one camera can have more noise or jaggies or sharpening artifacts than another with the same sensor independent of lens and features. Even things like purple fringing have a little to do with the in-camera processing.
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