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I know this is repeating an old chestnut, but why on earth do manufacturers keep putting such pixel dense sensors in these cameras. 12MP is completely unnecessary. I suspect picture quality would be vastly better with 6MP chip instead, in terms of noise and dynamic range. Most pictures are viewed on monitors with less than 2MP after all. It would also process images more quickly, too. I see Canon are starting to buck the trend with the new S90 and G11 by not going all out for big pixel numbers, but instead worrying about what produces the best pictures (hopefully). Do you think this might be the start of a welcome trend?
@GordonDownie - Hopefully this trend (if it is one) continues. I've just had a photo from my mobile phone blown up to A0 size and the resolution was fine, others have also commented that they didn't think the photo come of come from a phone. While IQ is of course subjective, I think camera manufacturers have done too good a job convincing Joe Public that more is better. I agree that a megapixel rating between 6 and 10 (max) is all that is needed.
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