The Myth of Megapixels

I’ve been studying this issue carefully. Here’s what David Pogue, tech writer at the NYT, says:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/08/technology/08pogue.html?_r=1

The actual lesson, then, is this: “For the nonprofessional, five or six megapixels is plenty, even if you intend to make poster-size prints.”

Pogue’s experiment is pretty conclusive. People just can’t tell the difference in IQ in poster-size prints of 5, 8, and 13 mp. (A subsequent experiment with poster-size prints of 7, 10, and 16 mp had the same outcome.)

Well, I’ll *never* be printing posters, so my 10 mp are quite a waste. Such high mp only result in bigger files, longer data transfers, and hence lower fps of continuous shooting.

Here’s my dilemma:  *someday* my 40D will die on me. What do I replace it with? Some high mp camera that produces huge image files??? Hopefully, Canon will have the wherewithal to continue manufacturing low mp DSLRs…

(Good luck with that. Canon is one of the biggest culprits — their idiotic marketing department keeps pushing for higher and higher mp.)

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