March 25, 2005
Dear CNET members,
This week, I received many great responses from our members on whether Clay should go with a digital camera with more megapixels and less zoom, or lower megapixels with greater zoom capabilities. And from reading your submissions, I can tell this question is highly debatable. While I am by no means a digital camera expert, I have learned that there are a few key things to consider when looking for a camera: more megapixels is better but not always the deciding factor in taking quality photos; digital zoom is relatively useless, it's all about optical zoom, so be aware of lens quality; and last, but not least, what our member, Buster wrote, "You should never take a picture with preconceived notions of cropping it. Composition is one of the hardest things to learn about photography." So I leave you with this week's winning answer by Steve; we also have many great submissions in the honorable mentions and advice from our members section. Hopefully, Clay, after you read through all of them, you can decide on a good digital camera based on your needs. Good luck! If any members would like to weigh in on this topic further, I leave the forums at your disposal. We are all listening. Thanks!
Member Question of the WeekI am ready to go from film to digital photography. What is better for taking photos of wildlife and other faraway objects, a 4-megapixel camera with a 10X zoom or a 6- or 7-megapixel camera with 3X zoom, with which I could crop and enlarge and still have a good image at a final print size of 5x7 or 8x10. Thanks.
Submitted by: ClayClay, first let me congratulate you on your decision to move into the digital world. I've been an avid photographer for more than 40 years and made the transition to digital about 2 years ago. I've never regretted it. You didn't mention your budget for buying a digital camera, so there are a couple of ways for you to go. But let's get to your primary questions and talk about megapixels first. While it is certainly true that 7 megapixels will deliver a higher-quality image than 4 megapixels, your desired output (up to 8x10) should be a consideration here. Let me explain...
(Clay, please accept my apologizes. Last week in the newsletter, I accidentally listed your question with the name Gary instead. Sorry about that.)
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