On 27/03/2008, Matthew Brown <morven(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 1:12 PM, geni
> The next generation of high end point and
shoots may include an
> increasing number of low light features (well they will if the
> manufacturers decide that 12 mega pixels is enough for now).
Forgive me for rolling my eyes on that one. Except
for Fuji (and even
that in a limited way), every time the p&s camera makers are faced
with a choice between more megapixels and better image quality, the
With Fuji, between the spectacularly good F31fd and its mediocre
replacement the F50fd, even Fuji fell afoul of that one. The F50fd is
12MP instead of 6MP and ... has the same functional resolution of
image. And worse low-light performance. There's a reason second-hand
F31fd on eBay are now going for around £200 on eBay when they were
I'm likely to try to get myself a superzoom, which at least has a
bigger light bucket on the front even if the sensor is the same as the
compacts and ultracompacts. Even old DSLRs still hold their price
I'm assuming a tripod will be considered excessively annoying
behaviour if one uses it on every damn thing in the place. But they
observably have no issues with people wandering around snapping
everything they can. Lots of people had their cameras there doing just
as I was, and only a few were boorish to use the flash.
It's been that way for at least the last five
however, in going beyond 10 megapixels, we seem to have reached a
point where there is no longer even a little real benefit to greater
megapixels; there's none at all. No real extra resolution is being
I'd like to see it, but I don't see it happening.
Heck, it happened even in DSLRs; everyone except Canon suffered worse
performance in bad light going above 6MP. The Nikon D3 is an
exception, of course, and the new Sony 12MP sensor appears to be much
better, but things really took a dip for a while.
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