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Old Jun 23, 2005, 4:32 AM   #1
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I am planning to buy a new camera. Still unsure whether to go for 4-5 mp or stick with rather old 3 mp. My requirements - are casual indoor/outdoor snaps, compact body, 4R prints and very-very occasionally 8R. It looks to me that 3 mp is ok for me (Coolpix 3700 is still alive!). any suggestions?
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 6:23 AM   #2
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3 MP is good enough for 8x10 pics, as long as you don't intend to do a lot of image editing, such as cropping.
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 7:34 AM   #3
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3, 4, 5, 8mp will all give you equally good 4R prints. As for 8R, 3 isn't going to give you as good results, but it still give you excellent results. Only you know if your current 3mp is good for 8R prints for you. If it were for me, I would find it good.
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If the majority of your shots are going to be 4R (4"x6"), then 3Mp should be more than adequate.

I like to have my prints with a minimum of 300 image pixels/printed inch. (I know that there is a tendency for people to lower their standards these days, but, for me, 300 image pixels/inch is as good as my film prints.)

Your 3700 gives an image of 2048 x 1536 which should give (2048/300 = @7" by 1536/300 = @5") an excellent 5x7 print (or any smaller size like 4x6).

Pushing it larger than that, reduces your pixel density and, the point were that becomes unacceptable, is a matter of personal preference. It shouldn't be a major issue for the occasional larger print.
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Old Jun 26, 2005, 10:52 PM   #5
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Thanks to you all. Looks like I can still survive with 3 MP.
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Old Jun 27, 2005, 4:59 AM   #6
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Unless you are going larger than 8X10 a 3MP camera is sufficient, given the noise characteristics of some higher MP models, it may even be ideal. I guess what I should really say is that a good 3MP camera with all of the features you need (features and handling is far more important than MP alone) will result in good images and allow for creativity.

When you NEED a new camera, either because your present camera has broken, or you have new photographic interests which require a different set of features, then buy a higher resolution model. I own a 6MP Fuji but I still have lots of fun, and get great 4X6 images from a 2MP Canon A60.

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