Practical consideration -Price and budget

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jack19, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. jack19 macrumors newbie

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    If you are going to buy a digital camera, practically cost must be taken into account. Manufacturers of digital camera are placing more emphasis on Mega pixels due to that if you want high mega pixels the cost of the camera will be more expensive according to Mega pixels.

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  2. DMBGuru macrumors regular

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  3. valdore macrumors 65816

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    Once you get up to 8 megapixels or beyond, I think the lens is more the deciding factor of photo quality than the amount of sheer megapixelage.
     
  4. DMBGuru macrumors regular

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    Another huge factor to take into account when purchasing cameras and the pricing of them, other than the common culprit - the megapixel, are the quality of the CCD within the camera, the technologies implemented, such as lens-stabilization, the quality of the glass on the lens (ie, Carl Zeiss vs. Target Brand lens), etc..

    The megapixel is the easy answer, but not the end-all answer.
     
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely, no mater how many pixels you have, if your lens is crap ....... your images will be the same.


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  6. After G macrumors 68000

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    I think lens is more important now. All the manufacturers at the camera store I go to feature 3x zoom and enough MP for an 8x10. There's a practical limit for how much resolution is usable on a teeny tiny sensor anyway.
     
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    People often assume that resolution and image quality are the same thing.

    You can have high resolution but if the lens has pin-cushion or barrel distortion, or if the lens produces images that are soft at the edges, the image quality will be low. :(

    An optically good lens is most essential.


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  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I said that at 5 to 6 MP for a point and shoot. Anything more can't make the photos better, really. Yes, higher resolution and an 8 MP camera likely does pick up sliiiiightly more detail, but you'd never see it if you printed it out, not even at 8x10. Well, maybe you would at 8x10, but only if you pick it up in your hand and stare at it from 6 inches away.
     
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    If you are being practical you need to consider what you are buying the camera for, and what type of pictures you take. Like everything else, there is always something a little better for a little more. At some point, though, you reach "good enough".
     

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