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Lynn Aug 24, 2002 11:27 PM

3 mil pixels or more?
Thanks for the advice regarding NYC discount camera shops. After checking their ratings, I find I can't afford a 4 or 5 mil pixel camera. The Minolta Dimage 5 looks like a good camera with 3.3 mil pixels. When I put pictures from that camera on my 32" TV, am I going to wish I'd saved for a camera with more pixels?

JimHunt Aug 25, 2002 9:25 AM

Check your TV manual and see how many lines it will display. Camcorders have only recently reached the 1 megapixel level for capturing still photos.

I haven't kept up with TV's, but standard broadcast TV used to be about 270 lines. The networks wanted 500 lines on tapes submitted for broadcast. Your 3 megapixel resolution is a lot higher than that.

JimHunt Aug 25, 2002 9:27 AM

Another thought. If you're using the camera to put the photos on your TV, I think that you'll find that even 5 megapixel cameras only output VGA resolution. Check it out.

Gary Senkus Aug 25, 2002 10:49 PM

not so amazing prices but real.

Gary Senkus Aug 26, 2002 3:43 AM

check ur u2u found your 7 at your price from real vendor.

Lynn Aug 26, 2002 11:31 AM

Thanks for directing me to the u2u. As a Newbie, I didn't realize it's a e-mail program. I look forward to more info about the Minolta Dimage 7.:D

Gary Senkus Aug 26, 2002 11:53 AM

If only you had read 2nd one also, got to go onservice call now.

padeye Aug 26, 2002 1:33 PM

Your TV is probably the lowest resolution display device you can find. A sill image on TV is less than a third of one megapixel. Going to a 32" TV won't make a difference. Going to HDTV is a different matter but still even less than 1.5mp.

Please don't confuse pixel count with lines of resolution. Normal NTSC televisions have a fixed number of scan lines, 525 but only about 480 are visible. When they refer to lines of resolution they mean the number of vertical black and white strips that the screen can display before they all blur into gray. Typically a TV frame is captured at 640x480 though digital video cameras capture 720x480 typically.

The Doctor Sep 2, 2002 9:17 PM

Try this page for prices. Use merchants that have at least 4 stars.

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