As Beschizza continuously points out, megapixels are marketing, and they don’t matter, yet digicams keep on cramming more of them into the same tiny, spotty sensors, leading to fuzzy, inferior images. It’s depressing: technologically, point-and-shoots should be edging closer to the quality of SLRs, but they’re doing nothing of the kind. Megapixels are the camera business’ answer to the Gigahertz… and equally misleading. It’s time to improve sensors, not resolution.
Perhaps FujiFilm gets it. They are promising that their new FinePix F200 EXR will offer high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range, mostly thanks to its new 1/1.6-inch Super CCD EXR sensor. Other specs include a 5x 28-mm wide-angle zoom lens with CCD-shift stabilization, a 5fps burst mode and 640 x 480 video recording.
That 12 megapixels is still twice what a decent camera sanely needs, but the point here is that FujiFilm’s pimping the sensor here on equal footing with the megapixels. Let’s hope that’s not just marketing, and the pictures back up the claims.
FujiFilm FinePix F200EXR [Let's Go Digital]