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I am using a 5MP Nikon 5400 that produces some pretty decent pictures, but I really would like more detail in my shots. Consequently, I am thinking of moving up to 13MP D300, my thinking being that if both a 5MP and a 13MP camera use a lens that produces the same field of view, the 13MP shot must contain more detail than the 5MP one. But then I see my computer monitor is set at 1024 X 768 pixels, i.e., approximately 0.7MP. Am I right in thinking both shots will be downsized to this size when displayed on the screen and that, therefore, there will be no visible difference?..

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If you only ever view the image on the computer screen at 1024 x 768 then broadly speaking there is no benefit from a better camera - at least in terms of resolution. If you want to see better quality, more detailed images, invest in a higher resolution monitor instead, and you will see more detail from your existing camera..

Well, I'm being slightly tongue in cheek here, but logically this would seem good advice. Definitely if you take a 5MP image and a 13MP image and downsize each to 0.7MP you would be hard pressed to tell the difference..

Regards,Peter..

Comment #1

There is a lot more to it than just the number of megapixels. The sensor on a D300 is massive compared to your 5400, and with a good lens will just blow the 5400 away in terms of detail, resolution, lack of noise, AF speed and dynamic range. The D300 has many other advantages as well like a fabulous viewfinder, but it is a huge step up from a 5400 hence a very steep learning curve. Something to bear in mind. Not so bad if you are from my generation who first leaned on their father's film SLR..

Richygm wrote:.

I am using a 5MP Nikon 5400 that produces some pretty decentpictures, but I really would like more detail in my shots.Consequently, I am thinking of moving up to 13MP D300, my thinkingbeing that if both a 5MP and a 13MP camera use a lens that producesthe same field of view, the 13MP shot must contain more detail thanthe 5MP one. But then I see my computer monitor is set at 1024 X 768pixels, i.e., approximately 0.7MP. Am I right in thinking both shotswill be downsized to this size when displayed on the screen and that,therefore, there will be no visible difference?..

Comment #2

There are many, many differences between the 5400 and the D300. I'm not saying sensor resolution doesn't have a part to play in image quality, but it is just one factor and not the most important. To put it another way - pixel count is not the reason why people buy DSLRs..

As an aside, if you are going to spend that sum of money on a DSLR and lenses, I would strongly recommend a monitor upgrade!..

Comment #3

Thanks. Yes, I had also considered those points. Also, I too used a film SLR for many years, so I don't think learning how to use the D300 will be a problem. I was just wondering how much of an improvement I would note...

Comment #4

Richygm wrote:.

Thanks. Yes, I had also considered those points. Also, I too used afilm SLR for many years, so I don't think learning how to use theD300 will be a problem. I was just wondering how much of animprovement I would note..

Well, I use both a compact camera and a DSLR. As it happens both produce images of around 6MP. But I don't regard the images as very similar at all. The DSLR images mostly look much better, sometimes in an obvious way, in others it's harder to define..

The obvious differences are in low-light performance. But even in good light the DSLR images tend to look better. Other than differences in such things as saturation or contrast (which can be adjusted as required), it is more likely the better dynamic range of the DSLR which is of benefit. In addition there is the range of different lenses which can be used (at a price)..

A look at the reviews of the Nikon Coolpix 5400 and the Nikon D300 shows not just the technical differences, but the studio test scenes have changed between the cameras, an obvious indication that time has moved on and the D300 is of a newer generation as well as a different type..

If you'd like to see the kind of differences you can expect to see, then download and examine some of the sample images.http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/nikoncp5400_samples/http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/nikond300_samples/.

Note: beneath each image in the gallery is a link to the full-size original which may be most useful.Regards,Peter..

Comment #5

Re>I was just wondering how much of an improvement I would note. <.

There are, of course, no units of improvement,like scovills measuringhow hot food is..

On prints up to 8x10, you won't see a difference that really makes much difference, but on a 12 x 18 or 20 x 30, bigger is far better. PLus newer is better, too).

On screen? Doesn't mastter if you are looking at the full frame. Zoom in and you'll see only part fo the picture, and you'll see a quality difference..

BAK.

BAK..

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