Re: Photo Scene+++

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Subject: Re: Photo Scene+++
Name: ludi
Date: 7/1/2008 10:57:18 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Re: Photo Scene+++ posted by LED

In general, the physical size of the CCD (or CMOS, or whatever) element makes more difference than the number of pixels. SLRs are great because the element is about the size of a quarter and the lense in front of it has a lot of area, so even if you chop it up into 6MP like e.g. the Nikon D70, the pictures come out excellent at conventional shutter speeds.

In point-and-shoot models, the element is usually dime-sized or even a bit smaller, so each pixel cannot capture as much light. Chop it up too small, and the picture quality suffers.

If you can, borrow a 6-8MP point-and-shoot camera from a friend and carry it for a few days with one of your old units -- then take a series of identical pictures in a variety of conditions on both cameras. The results should give you a better idea what kind of tradeoffs you might be dealing with.

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