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Patrick K. Carey

realistic color

Is there a relationship between the MP of a digital camera and color rendition? I have a 1.3 MP digital camera that yields washed out color. Is it the MP or something else possibly?

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9/16/2006 3:53:23 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hello Patrick,

Yep..It's the MP of the camera AND the physical size of the sensor AND the pattern of the sensor AND the overall density of the pixels...bigger sensors generally equate to larger pixel sites.
In it's most simplistic form; a 1" x 1" sensor area can certainly capture more information (including color) than a .25" x .25"
Not only is the color rendered more accurately, but the images will be sharper when enlarged.
There are many sites on the net that explain well the mathmatical relationships of "pixel density Vs Sensor size"

That being said, be careful (not) to get caught up in what I call the "MP War."
There is quite a bit more to image quality than the number of pixels on a chip sensor, beit CCD or CMOS.
As a very basic example, an 8MP "point & shoot" (small physical sensor) can not hold a candle to a 5MP DSLR which use larger sensors.
This is akin to comparing a medium format film to 35mm film..Medium format film is superior in quality (color, sharpness etc..)
Have you ever noticed how a very small object tends to lose color when you look at it? Similar principle with a sensor.

Hope that helps a tad,


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9/16/2006 4:38:22 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  welcome patrick,
realistic color only comes from realistic lighting.without a photo to question your question,an answer is kinda mute?
high noon photos are high noon photos.
what kind of light and colors are you talking about??

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9/16/2006 7:12:03 PM

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