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Old Feb 3, 2003, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Need advice on 4.0 MP vs. 5.0MP

I'm going to purchase a digital camera in the next 2 weeks. I'm considering the Canon Powershot G-3 and Olympus C-5050 Zoom.

I like both but am hung up on the megapixel thing. It sounds like the 5 megapixel would be the better choice but I'm not sure.

My only goal is have a camera capable of producing high-quality (proud to frame and hang on the wall) 8 x 10 photographs. Most of the photos I take will not be that large but I want a camera that has the capability. Will 4 megapixel be enough?

Anyone prefer the image quality of either camera over the other?

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Old Feb 3, 2003, 12:39 PM   #2
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4mp will be more than enough for 8X10 photos. I have the Olympus C4040 but if I was purchasing today I would choose the C5050. It has the following advantages:
Photo assist lamp for very low light shooting
Excellent optics with the f1.8 lens (the same lens as the C4040)
Moveable LCD panel
The least important is the 5mp rating
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 12:42 PM   #3
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For what it's worth, i've had some excellent quality printouts at 8x10 using my 3 MP camera. Is more better? sure. But I wouldn't make it the determining factor.
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice so far.

The Olympus is cheaper in price (depending where you purchase) which is making it a little more appealing than the Canon.
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 1:36 PM   #5
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Pete

Read Steve's review on the two cameras.
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 2:08 PM   #6
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Pete.... Performance based on a Mpix spec from 3-5 Mpix as the only criteria does not guarantee the cam with the most will give the best all round performance for what you want to do - although it is likely to cost the most!

On res. alone the differences for your print sizes would be very marginal, so look at other options like sensitivity, zoom, size,media types etc etc. There's a lot to choose from!
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 4:50 PM   #7
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also make sure you hold the two cameras to me the 5050 feels great in my hand where as the canon just feels like a box and i dont like it they are both great cams so i would by what feels best to you!
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