HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST -

Nikon showed that you can load 36 mil­lion pix­els on a full-frame dig­i­tal sen­sor, pull o im­age qual­ity and save lots of cash by not hav­ing to buy a medium for­mat dig­i­tal back. Thanks to that, and the com­pany’s in­sis­tence on 24MP as the base­line for its lat­est gen­er­a­tion of DLSR cam­eras, it’s likely the megapixel war will keep on es­ca­lat­ing as com­pa­nies strive to outdo one an­other on the mar­ket shelves.

While more me­gapix­els are good, they’re not al­ways bet­ter – if the cam­era’s sen­sor tech­nol­ogy and im­age pro­ces­sor can’t han­dle the in­put, you risk los­ing im­age qual­ity with the smaller pho­to­sites. And the more me­gapix­els your cam­era has, the bet­ter your glass needs to be to prop­erly make use of them, and the bet­ter your shoot­ing tech­nique needs to be as small mis­takes can and will be

So the key take­away here is not to be with megapixel num­bers, no mat­ter how high they’re likely to be­come in the near fu­ture. While more can be bet­ter, it isn’t al­ways the case, and even then, the in­creased megapixel count al­ways comes with a price. Know the be­tween how many me­gapix­els you want ver­sus what you need by know­ing where your im­ages will nally end up. The num­bers don’t al­ways tell the com­plete story, as a dou­bling of megapixel count doesn’t equal to a dou­bling of res­o­lu­tion. Buy smart, shoot straight.

128 One of the ben­e­fits of down-sam­pling is that the ap­pear­ance of im­age noise is re­duced. When viewed at its orig­i­nal res­o­lu­tion, you can see an abun­dance of noise in the photo (the speck­les in the im­age). But when its res­o­lu­tion is re­duced, the noise can hardly be seen.

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