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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Quoting stevieh

They're not going to tell you that 10MP instead of 8 makes not the slightest difference

Canon and Nikon won't, but review sites (or at least the only one I bother with: dpreview) says that all the time.

12. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

Quoting stevieh

They're not going to tell you that 10MP instead of 8 makes not the slightest difference

Canon and Nikon won't, but review sites (or at least the only one I bother with: dpreview) says that all the time.

I agree, this obsession with mega pix is just a great selling point for the manufacturers. Most people probably never shoot at the highest resolution anyway.

It was a good arguing point at the start of the digital photo age, going from 1MP to 2MP did make a big difference, but it stopped being such a big deal once the 3 to 4MP was hit. Most people (and i'm not talking about professional photography here) if they do print them out, will only do it on a 8 x 6 print format, where 3 or 4MP is fine for, ok you can argue the toss about heading up to 5 or 6MP for the colour and sharper image, but the majority of people wouldn't notice the difference unless it was pointed out to them.

The greater MP main benefit is the image can be blown up to A3 and beyond (something that is a rarity to the average snapper) without any major loss of image quality.

I'm happy with my 20D shooting at 8MP (although it's set to 6MP at the moment to speed up the shutter speed), spend the money on what counts - lenses and maybe photography lessons, the best way of getting the most out of the kit you have.

Why have a car that does 200mph when the speed limit it 70mph ?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2007, at 12:11 AM by Jase007 ]

13. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Because one day you might get to go to Germany and race on the autobahn, of course! Vrooooooooom!

That said, since you were agreeing with me, I can't help but to also agree with what you said about cameras. I do have a 10MP camera, but the jump from 6MP to 10MP has barely been noticeable to me (only in that my memory cards now fill up faster, and that I can go a bit further with cropping), and was no factor whatsoever in my decision to buy this camera.

14. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

Because one day you might get to go to Germany and race on the autobahn, of course! Vrooooooooom!

That said, since you were agreeing with me, I can't help but to also agree with what you said about cameras. I do have a 10MP camera, but the jump from 6MP to 10MP has barely been noticeable to me (only in that my memory cards now fill up faster, and that I can go a bit further with cropping), and was no factor whatsoever in my decision to buy this camera.

Oh, no!!! agreement, hell what's going to happen now? you going to go and buy a proper camera - a nice Canon? ;););)

15. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

I'm after a camera as well. But since i am not looking to spend much (AU$400 or 250 Euro) and specifically want a camera from the Olympus range (since i have a few memory cards from a camera that was stolen) is there much point in asking or are they all going to be pretty much the same in terms of camera quality? (would prefer a slim one too to just put in my pocket, the other one was pretty bulky)

16. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Looking at dpreview, I see Olympus' cameras with ratings from "Above Average" (dpreview-speak for "avoid, avoid!") to "Highly Recommended" (dpreview-speak for "this is one of those rare cameras actually worth getting"). So, no, they're not all going to be the same in quality. (Unfortunately I'm not seeing any reviews for recent compact models, so I can't point you to a specific model to get.)

It should be noted that memory card prices have been divebombing. You can get 2GB in most formats for about €35 now. Depending on how large those cards you have are, you might just want to cut your losses on that in order to be able to choose from all cameras on the market. I can easily imagine you finding a deal on a non-Olympus camera which will save you more than a memory card like that would cost.

Oh, and Jase:
;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2007, at 10:09 AM by Sander ]

17. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Cheers for the reply.

So what would you recommend in the 250Euro price range that is a compact model like mentioned?

18. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Well, you don't say what kind of features you're looking for or how accomplished with a camera you are, but probably my first choice for a general purpose point 'n shoot camera would be to see if you can find a Canon IXUS 800 (also known as the Canon SD700 IS Digital ELPH). It's ultra compact, dpreview gave it a highly recommended, it has image stabilization, and the price should be spot on. (The USA model cost $340 == AUD 400 at introduction, and the pricedrop from the year and a half since (which saw the release of the IXUS 850/900/950 (all of which are decent, except that they have worse image quality due to more megapixels)) should nicely cancel out the habit of making cameras more expensive outside the USA. (Ouch, although I'm seeing it at Ted's for $500 (AUD), which just seems completely out of control to me.))

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2007, at 10:31 AM by Sander ]

19. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting BillyPyro

(since i have a few memory cards from a camera that was stolen)

Err... was that camera stolen away from you or was it stolen by you?

20. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

Quoting BillyPyro

(since i have a few memory cards from a camera that was stolen)

Err... was that camera stolen away from you or was it stolen by you?

Genuinely stolen :( Our house was broken into, the camera was taken as well as an xbox, laptop and a camping bag.