More Megapixels are a pain!

I don’t often use my Sony A900 (great camera, but for me it is too big and heavy, especially when you include the size and weight of the lens), and it is 24M pixels. I recently acquired another, rather more modestly sized, Sony which is also 24Mp. When processing these 24Mp images, I’m very conscious of just how much longer it takes to copy the images from the card to the computer (3 times for security), and how much slower the editing is, even with a reasonably fast Mac, barely 18 months old and with 8G of memory. A 16Mp image seems to me to be manageable in terms of speed etc on a computer like mine, but 24Mp brings the computer to its knees. Thank goodness I don’t have a 36Mp Nikon D800. Seriously, as well as these problems that very high res sensors like this create (and I haven’t mentioned the much larger disc storage requirements!), I’m far from convinced I really need more than 16-20Mp in terms of quality, at least the way I use my images.

About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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