Marketing ruins an opportunity

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rich, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    The megapixel marketing binge has ruined a good opportunity. An
    opportunity to release a perfect P&S, one with a low noise 5 megapixel
    Currently, the only low noise P&S camera is the Sony R1 which uses a
    big 10 meg. sensor, much like an mid-upper level DSLR. A sensor of
    the same kind, 5 megapixels would be half the size, cost FAR less and
    allow the production of a $500 P&S that could shoot at 1600 ISO if
    needed without too much noise. There is the Fuji T10/11, but it's a
    compact, compromised design. A prosumer with a 5 meg sensor, a fast
    lens (f2 or faster wide open) a 4-5x zoom max would be a terrific
    Rich, Dec 1, 2005
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    Kinon O'cann Guest

    Like the Sony 717?

    Kinon O'cann, Dec 2, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Rich, Dec 2, 2005
  4. If you kept the pixel size the same, a 5 megapixel camera would have a
    sensor with 71% as many pixels horizontally and vertically, and the
    sensor would be 71% of the dimensions - still far larger, and far more
    expensive, than other P&S cameras. The lens focal length, element
    diameters, and physical length would also scale down by only 30%. Are
    you sure it would be under $500? The sensor might be half as expensive
    as the R1 or less, but it's not clear other costs would scale down the
    same way.

    If you made the sensor half the dimensions of the R1's, it would be only
    2.5 megapixels (and a lot cheaper, it's true). How many people would be
    happy with a 2.5 MP camera today?

    Dave Martindale, Dec 3, 2005
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