The sweet spot is 12 megapixels

So now what?

I’m not the first one to notice that camera makers seem to be pursuing everything BUT more megapixels to improve image files. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-276512.html If I had to pick an area of performance that means the most to me it would be low-light performance. Using Nikon’s D3s for the last year has really uncovered what’s possible when low light performance becomes a priority.

Another factor affecting this is that many photos never make it to print (photographic and print media). If the end use is as a 72 dpi jpeg screen image then for sure anything above 12 megapixel is a waste of bandwidth. As more and more legacy media outlets close down their print operations we will continue to see more images on-line.

kep

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~ by keithphilpott on March 17, 2009.

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