Digital Camera 4 or 5 mega pixel ??

Discussion in 'Photography' started by RR, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. RR

    RR Guest

    A 4 Mega Pixel digital camera cost about $450 for a 5 MP you have to
    add around $120/150 is it worth it ?

    I want to print very good quality photos 8 by 11 and does it make a
    difference between 4 to 5 MP and if I got a 4 MP I would able with
    some software such as Spline to increase form 4 MP to 5 MP and also
    with the $150 I could get accessories such as case, memory cards etc

    Any advice would be appreciated

    I thank you in advance for your help and assistance
    RR, Jul 30, 2003
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  2. Interestingly enough, I was in exactly this predicament yesterday. I had
    decided to purchase a new Cannon G5 (about $800). Instead of buying it
    online I went to a local camera shop that had it in stock. I spent about a
    half hour there. The shop owner showed me about a dozen different cameras,
    from 3.2Mp to 5.1Mp.

    What did it for me was when he showed me 8 x 10 prints given to him by his
    customers. Not marketing shots, these were regular-fold photographs.

    Most of these were shot using 3.2Mp cameras ... and they looked beautiful.
    Lots of detail. That's when I decided to get a 4Mp camera for just over
    $400. I walked out of the store with the camera, a USB card reader, a nice
    case and a 256MB flash card for around $600. I would have been north of
    $1,000 had I opted to purchase the other 5Mp camera and accesories on the
    WWW without the advantage of a real human being putting things into context.

    To be clear, there are reasons to buy the $800+ cameras, and I will probably
    purchase one in the future. Some of these are the ability to attach strobes
    and various lens accessories.

    Martin Euredjian

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    Martin Euredjian, Jul 30, 2003
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  3. RR

    Jeremy Guest

    x-no-archive: yes

    Do the math. Assuming that you define quality as 300 pixels per inch (and
    there are additional factors such as lens quality, printer quality, etc).
    that means an 8 x 10 would require (8x300) x (10x300) or 7.2 megapixels, not
    5 megapixels.

    I've made 8 x 10 prints from my 2.3 megapixel digital camera, so I'm not
    saying that it can't be done, but you indicated that you "want to print very
    good quality photos 8 by 11."

    Have a look at this link for more details:
    Jeremy, Jul 30, 2003
  4. I bought the 5 Megapixel Minolta Dimage F300, plus 256MB memory card, with
    shipping, for $500.00. I'm very happy so far. It beats other cameras on
    price and has all the features I can use (shutter/aperture priority, hi
    speed recycle, seems reasonably durable).

    Guy I know that uses digicams for his job has tested many many models, and
    this one didn't quite beat the Olympus for color quality but was real

    Will Niccolls
    Will Niccolls, Jul 31, 2003
  5. RR

    J C Guest

    If you are going to print the images on a printing press (like in a
    book or magazine) then the 300 dpi rule applies.

    However, if you are using an photo inkjet printer to print your
    photos then I can tell you from personal experience that many 8x10
    prints made from 150 dpi images are indistinguishable from the same
    image at 300 dpi.

    -- JC
    J C, Aug 2, 2003
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