Will the R6's 20 MP Sensor Boost Enlargement Software Sales?

YuengLinger

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. Most of my prints are 13x19 or under, but I've been asked for 16x20. I print at home with a Canon Pro-1000 (and before that, an Epson 3880). I've been using the 5D Mk IV/EOS R since their shared sensor first came out, so I'm now very comfortable with 30 MP for my cropping and printing.

But the R6 with its 20 MP sensor is appealing in many ways, right now PRICE being a big factor for me. I imagine many are in the same boat, even if they aren't as price sensitive at the moment.

So are the companies that make enlargement software going to see a significant boost in sales? Will enough R6 customers feel like they need to enhance output for prints 16x20 and larger?

In any event, which are the best enlargement software options now for those of us "settling" for a mere 20 MP when planning to occasionally make prints larger than 16x20?
 
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SecureGSM

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. Most of my prints are 13x19 or under, but I've been asked for 16x20. I print at home with a Canon Pro-1000 (and before that, an Epson 3880). I've been using the 5D Mk IV/EOS R since their shared sensor first came out, so I'm now very comfortable with 30 MP for my cropping and printing.

But the R6 with its 20 MP sensor is appealing in many ways, right now PRICE being a big factor for me. I imagine many are in the same boat, even if they aren't as price sensitive at the moment.

So are the companies that make enlargement software going to see a significant boost in sales? Will enough R6 customers feel like they need to enhance output for prints 16x20 and larger?

In any event, which are the best enlargement software options now for those of us "settling" for a mere 20 MP when planning to occasionally make prints larger than 16x20?
just on unrelated note: from a resale value perspective, R6 will be a complete flop in about a year from now... you would have a hard time convincing your average secondary market camera buyer that 20MP sensor resolution is all they need in 2021. Thought that I will share my thoughts with you.
 
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Codebunny

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Well from what I gather the best 16x20 print needs 6000x4800 and a 20MP sensor produces 5472x3648. I think as long as you aren't cropping and the image is clean, I wouldn't bother with enlarging software.
 
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Joules

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In any event, which are the best enlargement software options now for those of us "settling" for a mere 20 MP when planning to occasionally make prints larger than 16x20?
For now, the new cameras don't offer pixel shift techniques to go beyond the sensor resolution. But you can similar results using manual techniques, often referred to as super resolution or the more scientific version, drizzle. All of this only works on (relatively) static subjects, of course, as it requires taking and combining multiple exposures. But when it works, it should work better than some smart upscaling algorithm that can only guess the missing information, rather than derive it from the multiple images.
 

AlanF

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Topaz Gigapixel is brilliant. It can add artefacts and oversharpen. But, used carefully it does a much, much better job than upsizing in PS.
 
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The R6 has the same sensor as EOS 1D x Markiii. Ask the users of this superb body if they do miss a larger sensor.

For me personal, I still prefer the R6 for many reasons. I do own a 5D Mark III at the moment
 
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Mt Spokane Photography

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I'd think that there are better options if you plan to upsize images often enough to buy software. A EOS R, for example.
 
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privatebydesign

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As a generalist who is rarely focal length limited I have to say even for commercial work I have never had a question raised about the 20mp output I produce, not once.

There are special use cases, people who are often focal length limited (AlanF and co), people who genuinely regularly print oversized (sporgon and co) etc who need pixel density higher than a ff 20mp, but for most people it is a peer pressured 'need' rather than an output specified requirement.
 

SteveC

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From my peculiar point of view, not having a slot that needs a CFexpress is another advantage.

I would probably have opted for the R6 had the sensor resolution been 30-35 MP, and yes, I realize that's probably not a rational "need", PBD, but I just couldn't get into a sensor with less resolution than my Rebel.
 
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tron

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For Canon people who want mirrorless, R5 can consolidate 5DIV and 5DsR.

In addition to video and resolution advantage you will get a better contruction body, a higher resolution EVF (although the R6's EVF must be very good already) a dual gain sensor (Canon's first in a stills camera) and the capability to charge better than R6 via battery pack while shooting.