Jul 292013

I just caught a commercial for this:

Nokia Lumia 1020

With a 41 megapixel sensor. That’s… kinda big. My Nikon D5000, state of the art 4 years ago, has a 12 megapixels sensor; current versions seem to top out at about 24 megapixels. While smart phones have impressive optics for their size, nothing beats *good* optics such as you get from real cameras, so I gotta wonder if that 41 megapixel sensor is just kinda wasted.

 Posted by at 8:55 pm
  • Anonymous

    The sensor in your D5000 is roughly 6 times bigger than that in the Nokia. I’d take 12 megapixels from a large sensor over 41 megapixels from a tiny one any day.

    That said… The best camera is the one you have with you.

    • Doug

      Not so much. The larger the sensor, the more complicated the glass has to be in order to focus an image on the sensor. Hence the high prices for quality 35mm lenses. There is nothing that can make up for bad glass, but with a physically smaller sensor it’s easier to make good glass.

      Look at the Leica D-LUX http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Brand_Leica&ci=9811&N=4288586282+4291372330 compared to other Leica components. The D-LUX produces stunning images on a par with Leica R or M series cameras but the whole camera is half the price of a single R series lens. Most of that savings comes from a less complicated lens.
      If you want to see really expensive, take a look at Hasselblad lenses that are trying to maintain focus across an 80mm film.

  • RLBH

    Yeah, but your average punter doesn’t know diddly-squat about optics, aperture control, or any of that good stuff – as far as he’s concerned, if it’s got more megapixels it’s better. So you can see unfocussed photographs of drunk urbanites in far more detail.

  • Rick

    all those megapixels and a crappy ten cent injection molded plastic fixed lens.

    • Doug

      You mean the 6 element Zeiss lens?