Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Stop the Megapixel Madness: Bravo!

Thanks to Photo News Today for pointing us to, a site devoted to stopping the current megapixel madness. With compact cameras squeezing 10-12MP onto a sensor about the size of the tip of my pinkie, the site shows, dramatically, the relative effects of high- verses modest-resolution compact cameras.

Here's a blow-up of a picture taken with a high resolution camera, with on-board noise suppression. As you can see, it doesn't work:

To quote:

"A digital camera with 12 million pixels is better than one with 6 million. ‘That is correct’ is what you would probably say because you’ve always heard more pixels are better.

"It’s not true(!!!), we have to say when it comes to compact cameras. We, the staff of Image Engineering which is an independent testing laboratory that, amongst other things, tests digital camera for the German magazines Color Photo and c’t. Quite a while ago we noticed that the image quality of digital cameras was getting worse instead of better. The reason is that today’s sensors are divided into more and therefore smaller pixels. We want to clarify the consequences on this website."

Read the rest.

Manufacturers, are you listening?

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