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Old 22nd April 2017
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Reasons to like a smaller sensor, and less pixels...


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Re: Reasons to like a smaller sensor, and less pixels...

Too true - the "carrot & the donkey" syndrome.

Bravo 12mp XZ-2, best camera I ever owned in spite of its limited focal range.

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Re: Reasons to like a smaller sensor, and less pixels...

I've no idea whether Eric Kim is a real person or not. Given the amount of material that he publishes, usually on a daily basis, I think it's at least plausible that in fact he's a computer; programmed to regurgitate other stuff peppering the photo blogosphere.

As to this article, I disagree with most of it...

1) It is not a priori true that more Mp = more noise. You need only look at the path of u43 sensors from 12Mp to 16Mp to 20Mp to see that. It's also true of the A7 series (if we ignore the A7s) where we see that the A7Rii at 42Mp delivers lower noise than the A7 at 24Mp. In fact, with a few exceptions (A7s being the main one), it is generally true that as sensors have increased in resolution then noise has reduced.

2) Other things being equal a larger sensor will deliver better IQ. It's just physics. Of course, a larger sensor means larger lenses, bigger bodies etc so there's clearly some compromise that needs to be made. Different needs will have different compromises. Using u43 for very low light shooting in concert halls etc is probably not a good idea. Using MF for travel photography falls into the same category. Know what you need.

3) Gear makes you a better photographer - well, I guess this is an obvious truth; an aphorism that's peddled out frequently. However, people engage in photography for all sorts of reasons. Some like the gear (I do!) and get pleasure from new stuff. Often new gear motivates you to shoot more, or shoot different things and that in itself is likely to improve your photography.

So, overall - a junk article - IMHO.
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Re: Reasons to like a smaller sensor, and less pixels...

I was going to post something similar Paul. Glad I got a second coffee now as you were much more eloquent that I'd have been this time on a Sunday morning. So not my favourite article either sorry.
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