Sensor Size Doesn’t Matter


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Oct 17, 2010
Dallas, TX
While I love the results I get with my DSLR's, I cannot carry them with me all the time. My XZ_1 and its fast lens does go a long way to matching, in web view, my DSLR's, but even it cannot with me all the time.
My phones can be and are

Sidekick 4G, 3.2 mp


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Jul 11, 2010
Melbourne, Australia
Today I've been playing with a Fujifilm Finepix F11. If I had known about that, maybe I'd not have switched to DSLRs. The EOS 400D was a major step up from my IXUS 65, but I think the F11 was closer to the 400D than the IXUS.
Interestingly, the Fuji F30 was one reason why I made the move to DSLR's. The image quality and high ISO performance were enough to make me think, 'if it's this good with a small sensor, what are the big sensors like?' That question, and the silky smooth images I saw produced even by an old Konica Minolta DSLR, were enough to get me started with large sensor cameras.
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Oct 17, 2010
Dallas, TX
I had and loved the f31fd. When I shot it alongside my K100D super I. Was struck by how much more '3D' the larger sensor seemed. No doubt
This was due to DOF with the larger sensor. I still loved the draw of the smaller sensor esp
With my GRD but that added depth the larger sensor gave haunted me. But the ease and speed and
Portability was lacking even with my e410.
Then I got the XZ-1; small, light and a superb fast lens.
The depth is actually there, at least at low ISO.
Size does matter, but as I left my Olympus E-P3 at home for the first time since I bought it and was having photograpic withdrawal symptoms a camera phone was called into action...


Running down the walk by peterb666, on Flickr


Opera House Steps street scene by peterb666, on Flickr


House bits by peterb666, on Flickr

All shots taken with a Samsung Galaxy II

Use it with the sun behind you (hmm, Kodak picture taking circa 1955) it does an OK job. The limitations are the poor dynamic range, blown out hightlights and terrible edge sharpening artifacts but viewed in small sizes, these are fine. In fact this 8mp camera phone can produce images in the right conditions that would probably print up quite well in A4 sizes.

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