« on: December 08, 2013, 11:16:19 AM »
Have the cameras not increased in pixels over the years? An increase in resolution is inevitable. Why do we fear that?
Does higher resolution not translate into better IQ? Why the resistance??
Unless you go to a larger sensor, higher resolution means smaller pixels. Based on many things I have read, smaller pixels often means a decrease in image quality at the pixel level. The compensation is that you have more pixels to try and compensate for that. I am not a pro, so keep that in mind, but I was an original Canon Digital Rebel owner (6 MP). At least twice over the years I felt that the newer Canon Rebels with more MP must be better, so I purchased and returned the 14 MP model, and then a few years later I rented and wasn't particularly impressed with the 18 MP model. At the level of detail I got on my monitor (where I normally view my pics) or printing up to 8 x 10 prints, the 6 MP camera was just fine. I did not do any in depth analysis, but more megapixels didn't improve things enough (or at all) in terms of IQ for me to replace my 6 MP 300D. Only recently did my 300D finally begin to have problems, so I replaced it with the 6D. Because of the larger sensor, the pixel size is almost the same as it was with my 300D - and the image quality is considerably better. So, at least based on my amateur experience, jamming more pixels into the same size sensor doesn't so as much in terms of improving IQ as would would expect.
Good point, dak723. I am with you concerning the MP count. I just hope Canon don't increase it neither on a new 5D nor on the 6D. All I need is a great allround cam as the 5D3 is for me. Coming from the 30D it is all I ever need as an amateur. If Canon manages to improve IQ in the higher ISOs as well (25k, 51k) and keep the MPs at about the same amount as today, I might be a happy 5DV buyer about 6 to 7 years from now.