Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Gray Lady talks Megapixels

David Pogue has a great summary of his work to expose "Breaking The Myth of Megapixels" in the February 8th New York Times. While I don't normally even try to cover the "capture" end of our Printing and Imaging biz, this piece was very much worth reading. Especially interesting to me is his description of his testing dilemma, which he describes in detail.

The essence of his point is that while "Megapixels" are touted among vendors and resellers as if they're a digital camera's ultimate metric of goodness, there are many more important other factors that ultimately make photos good or bad -- and that's just within the camera!

I also like how David using his blog responses to improve his testing!

1 comment:

Corey Smith said...

David's argument holds true in printing resolutions just as in capture resolutions. So many designers think that in order to have proper print resolution, everything needs to be at 300 dpi. The fact is that most of the devices that we print to will be just fine as low as 175 dpi for most images, but in any case, don't typically need greater than 233 dpi. And this is the real reason that David's argument is true on the capture resolutions.

The other misconception is that print resolution of a printer indicates the quality. It can often be heard that a 1200 dpi device will be a better quality than a 600 dpi device. While it is true that dpi is a contributing factor to print quality, it is not the determining factor. There are many other factors that go into quality.

Above all, quality is subjective.