Feb 7, 2007

[Technology] Less is More?

An interesting article was posted on CNET News about whether or not higher megapixel cameras take better pictures of if this is just some hoax the digital camera industry is propagating.

The article raises a lot of issues, many of which I myself have mentioned to friends. For average consumer use, you're actually fine with at least 2.0 megapixel cameras (which are now pretty much standard on newer mobile phones) and would probably go as far as 5.0 megapixels. Higher rated cameras are only useful if you're a professional photographers making much larger prints and the like.

However cameras are already inching past the 10.0 megapixel mark and what the article argues is that higher megapixel ratings may, in some ways, take worse photos than lower megapixel cameras. This is because with more and more sensors crammed into the camera, less light reaches each individual sensor, creating signal noise in the image. Thus, some bigger images become slightly grainy if there isn't enough light.

What do you all think? Is less more when it comes to digital cameras?

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