how many megapixels to go for

  merc. 19:18 03 Jun 2005

I have a canon s30 digital camera 3 meg. and am thinking of getting a new camera as wife would like a camera.

Most new camera's seem to be going higher in the megapixels, was just wondering if it was worth getting
one with more than 3-4 megs.

Only print photos at most 7*5 and are quite happy with the results from old camera.


  VideoSentry 19:22 03 Jun 2005

If you are happy with the results at 3M, stick with it, the camera will be cheaper to buy. I have a 4M and have no intention of upgrading. I do print some at A4 but they are fine( for what I want).

  TomJerry 19:22 03 Jun 2005

3M is enough for print upto A4 size. Get 5M in case you want to enlarge a small area of your photo to print

  961 19:23 03 Jun 2005

Quality of lens is the most important. Stick with Canon

Most cameras now come with 4-5 meg

These will produce prints at A4 to a high quality

If you are happy with what you are getting then you need go no higher than current mid range

  TomJerry 19:29 03 Jun 2005

your wife will love it

£181.99 Pentax Optio S5n
5.25 Megapixel, 3x Optical Zoom, Ultra-Compact, Video Capability Included, 2 in. LCD Panel, Built-in, SD Card, Built-In Flash click here

£182.49 (waterproof) Pentax Optio WP
5.19 Megapixel, 3x Optical Zoom, Compact, Video Capability Included, 2 in. LCD Panel, Built-in, SD Card, Built-In Flash click here

  anchor 19:33 03 Jun 2005

I agree with TomJerry; and would aim for a 5Mp, (if its within your budget).

The reason is that the extra resolution will enable you to enlarge part of the image, and keep the quality. I have a Canon, and can vouch for the quality.

A useful site for camera reviews:

click here

  Hamish 19:41 03 Jun 2005

Just bought a A95 canon,5 meg, also it uses compact flash cards which are cheaper and AA size batteries, handy when the power runs out, takes great pictures which can be cropped and then enlarged. I noticed that some cameras are coming with larger moniters and no view finder which is not so good on a bright day. Check out this site click here

  jack 19:47 03 Jun 2005

Agree with all for normal work 4/5 mp is ok providing it is a quality camera with top notch optics.- If your budget allows takr a look at the true SLR models the prices are plummeting - interchangable lenses ---corr!

  GibsonSt19 19:50 03 Jun 2005

click here and have a look at the Fuji FinePix F610.

6.0m pixels (12.0m recorded).
3x optical zoom.
2.2x digital zoom.
Dual LCD screen.
16Mb XD memory card supplied.
Movie capture with sound.
4th generation Super CCD.
Stylish metal body.
38 to 105 equivalent zoom.
Complete with 16Mb XD card, strap, software, USB cable, 1NP 60 rechargeable battery, charger cradle.
Software compatibility: PC/Mac.

Argos have it listed as being reduced by £150, from £349.99 to £199.99.

Naturally, the former is an inflated price (compared to todays prices) but I believe that £199.99 is a decent price for this camera.

click here, click here, for reviews.

Hope that helps

  GibsonSt19 19:59 03 Jun 2005

Bu the Fuji FinePix F10 is available for about £209 - click here

  merc. 21:14 03 Jun 2005

thanks all for your replys will study them and make mind up.


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