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More Megapixels Does Not Make Better Pictures

I get annoyed with folks who are bragging that their compact camera has 10 (or more) megapixels and the Canon I use here at the office only has eight. But my pictures come out a hell of a lot better. Why? Because not only do I know how to take decent photos and how to use my camera (which is another thing entirely), but because the image sensor is a hell of a lot bigger and bigger sensors generally mean much better color and lighting. My sensor is more than triple the size of some of those things. Hell, I'd take a full-frame six-megapixel camera over any compact double-digit camera any day.

So folks: When shopping for cameras, megapixels are nice and all, but be sure to compare image sensor sizes. If they're not published on the box and you can't find it online, you shouldn't be buying the camera anyway (nearly all reputable manufacturers publish them on the box).

Posted by Jake on 02/23/09 @ 10:48 AM
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