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M43 12Mp outperforms APS 16Mp

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wolfie, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Quote from Popular Photography review of NEX C3:
    "While the improvements Sony put into force bring the NEX-C3 in line with the Olympus Pen E-PL2 in terms of lab performance, both of those cameras continue to trail Panasonic’s Lumix line of ILCs in terms of resolving power. Moreover, Sony continues to use more pixels to achieve the same resolution as its competitors—the NEX-C3’s 16.2 megapixels provide the same resolution result as the E-PL2’s 12.3 megapixels, and the 16MP Lumix G3 served up about 300 lines more than that."

    But don't expect any great changes, most people will continue to believe more MP is always better. And don't expect any praise for Olympus that their three year old prehistoric Panasonic M43 sensor can match a 16MP APS for resolution.
    And that was compared to the E-PL2, not the third generation digital PENs.
     
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  2. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Is there a link to this? Wonder if this is soley a JPEG comparison.
     
  3. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Pavel
    Well, it's quite possible because 4:3 frame is taller than 3:2. Also Sony uses stronger anti-aliasing filters in their cameras. However, real life performance of Sony sensors (dynamic range, noise level etc.) is much better than any Micro 4/3. Those things are more important than slight differences in resolution that require lab testing to be seen.
     
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I guess this is in reference to absolute resolution. Based on the usual NEX vs m4/3 comparisons it just goes to show that you can isolate just about any sort of measurable data to show that one camera is "better" than another and vice versa.
     
  5. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
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    Dennis
    I've never used a Nex Camera but what is being said rings true to me.
    My Lumix G3 with the 14-45 or 20mm lens outperforms my Sony A55 and CZ 16-80 lens in sharpness / resolution - just about any way you can think of.

    Image wise the A55 ( with its image degrading SLT technology ) has been a real disappointment and my G3 a bargain:smile:
     
  6. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Pavel
    I've never used A55, but Sony A33 is slightly better than Panasonic G3 in terms of high-ISO noise performance and significantly better in terms of dynamic range. Resolution also is OK (at least when converting from RAW).
     
  7. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Dennis
    Actually you're right that Dynamic Range is slightly better but Sony High ISO noise performance on the A55 is at the expense of detail.
    The Sony A55 ( and Nikon D7000 ) unlike the A33 have a sensor that many think produces soft images ; for my part I join others that believe that SLT not only produces Ghost Images but degrades resolution generally.
    I wish I'd looked at the test shots on Dpreview.com more closely before I bought the A55 ; instead I was swayed by the narrative.
     
  8. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Why does anyone care about this stuff? Do you ever print big enough to see the difference? If not, it doesn't matter. Just go out and take pictures with whatever you have.
     
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