On Fri, 07 Jul 2006 21:54:00 +0100, arthur.thomson
Am I missing something? I find my, now ancient (bought in 1999) Fuji
MX-1700 Zoom camera with a mere 1.5 MegaPixels perfectly adequate for
anything from well-worn tombstones to microfiche-reader screens and
I don't think you're missing anything Arthur. If what you have works for
you then, of course, don't change!
The essentials are a good lens, zoom, and ease of over-riding
But I think that to get those things /now/ on a camera, you have to go
above 1.5Mpix. A 1.5Mpix camera on sale now (other than 'used') is likely
to have everything else at the inferior end of the scale. My guess is that
any such will be a cheap camera built around a warehouse clearance from a
CCD sensor maker.
I fancy 1.5Mpix would be inadequate for copying a full census page and
printing it on A3 but as long as you can make what you want fill the frame
then it will produce decent A5 images.
Even at only 1.5M pixels the computer storage space needed can
a problem needing back-up onto CD-ROM or better DVD.
Hee, hee, you think you have storage problems - my recently purchased Fuji
s9500 can produce 50Mb uncompressed TIFFs (but I usually settle for 5Mb
JPEGs). A large USB hard disk and DVD writing is a essential companion to
For comparison, the 9Mpix of my new camera is quite up to printing an A3
image of an A3 original which I think you'd agree 1.5Mpix would not be up
I was impressed when I got my last camera (a Fuji 4700 Zoom) with 256Mb of
storage (on four 64Mb cards) ... now I carry a camera with a single 2Gb
card in it. CDs seem very inadequate as storage devices!
But don't think I'm saying everyone needs 9Mpix - there are lots of good
5Mpix cameras around, and at decent prices. I would want to check closely
on the optical (and other) quality of any new camera with less than about