Ever since the new camera arrived on my doorstep, I’ve wanted to compare the images with those of my previous camera. Without proper planning however, those side by side comparions shots never seemed to materialize – until my recent vacation.
One (or my husband) might say that I tend to hog the camera – so he brought along our FujiFilm S5000 to snap right next to me. And what better way to compare 3 MP and 12 MP than with images of America’s iconic Mount Rushmore. This post will be the first in a series, I hope. I am particularly keen on seeing how different lenses and my old camera compare in low light conditions!
For comparison purposes, I cropped my photo so that nearly the same image filled the frame and saved as a maximum resolution jpeg. No editing has been done to either photo. Without enlarging, can you tell the difference?
At this size, the differences are small – primarily in the white balance. But let’s take a look at a zoom to 200%:
In Photo A, taken my with older camera there is noticeable noise at 200% zoom. Photo B is very crisp. While these results are not surprising in the least, they do illustrate the upgrade in quality between the two cameras. However, it cannot be certain whether any of the additional quality is due to the type of camera or solely due to resolution (megapixels).
This wasn’t a scientific study – just an illustration – but there are important lessons to learn if you plan on printing your photos or your layouts.