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    Question Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    I want to get a DSLR. Am eyeing a particular model. Someone asks me (and I have no doubt more people will ask in the future), "Why you want to buy 6 megapixels? Nowadays got 8 megapixels already what...."

    Is there a convenient/easy way to explain the differences between a DSLR and a compact/prosumer camera? I'm kinda tired having to explain the concept of sensor sizes to laypeople every time they ask me the same question (which usually follows "your camera how many megapixels?").

    What would you do/say?
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    Default Re: Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    Most have the thinking that higher megapixel counts = better images.
    Just need to let them see the different to convince them.

    Only when i took my 1st pic of the CBD skyline and view on computer then i was like "WOW!"


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    Default Re: Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    Show them the price tag...

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    Default Re: Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    they say what they want, you buy what you want. end of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astin
    Show them the price tag...
    this reply sure is farnie~

    maybe if the person realli pissed me off...i will say...'eh! i think you should go back to shooting with film. 27megapix~!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman
    I want to get a DSLR. Am eyeing a particular model. Someone asks me (and I have no doubt more people will ask in the future), "Why you want to buy 6 megapixels? Nowadays got 8 megapixels already what...."

    Is there a convenient/easy way to explain the differences between a DSLR and a compact/prosumer camera? I'm kinda tired having to explain the concept of sensor sizes to laypeople every time they ask me the same question (which usually follows "your camera how many megapixels?").

    What would you do/say?
    this is like you buy thousand dollar mountainbike and pple buy the cheapo 99 dollar bike and laugh at you saying their bike have same spec as yours and your bike dun even have a kick stand while their 99 dollar bike have...... Anyways, i got that too often... So i just tell them... no money buy 8mp camera...... try that pple actually buy that story.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    they say what they want, you buy what you want. end of story.
    Yah. Most recently, I just smile and say "6 is good enough for me..."
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    Default Re: Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    there was once i was trying to help a group of friends take picture during tour, took out my compact nikon 2mp camera.

    lady friend ask "how many mp?"
    me "2mp, why?"
    lady friend "alamak, like that better use my 4mp to take, later your one not nice!"

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    Tell them...my 4MP camera can print your portrait 100cm x 75cm and still can see your pimple and skin tones
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    Huh...? Y do you have to explain to them? It's u who are buying a DSLR .. not them. How come need to justify your purchase? Only you know why u getting into DSLR right?

    Digital photography can be a 5 cent thing or something so technical you need lots of reading and doing! No point explaining to people who are not technically inclined. To begin with, these people I bet think u are nuts to pay $2k+ for a body without lens! And lenses costing thosands of $...

    For me, I think it's nuts to pay $60k for a jap saloon car here. But that's me. I can't apprreciate it.. so u shouldn't waste time convincing me! Only those who bought such cars can justify themselves... so only u can justify your own actions right?

    As for diff betn DSLR and compact cam, whoaaa.. so many it'll take hours to list them all down. Show them your pics!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by idor
    Anyways, i got that too often... So i just tell them... no money buy 8mp camera...... try that pple actually buy that story.....
    Haha...this is a good one!

    No need spend so much time and energy trying to explain the difference between a 8mp P&S versus a 6mp DSLR, since they probably won't understand anyway.

    Or you can be a nice fella and give an impromtu lecture on the difference between P&S and DSLRs - and bringing home the point that "megapixels" is not everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi2
    To begin with, these people I bet think u are nuts to pay $2k+ for a body without lens! And lenses costing thosands of $...
    Sorry ah, the DSLR I'm looking at is cheap-cheap one. Less than 1.5k. With lens.

    (How come your lens only 18-70mm? Mine 28-420mm, leh!)
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    Not forgetting about dynamic contrast. That's a major factor in DSLR.

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    just smile....and choose to educate if you think they are willing to learn the difference bet DSLR 6mp vs digicam 8mp etc. Otherwise don't bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astin
    Show them the price tag...
    But they might think we are silly to spend more on a cam with less MP.
    Usually when such people see my lens, they have to pick their jaws off the floor before they can make such remarks.

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    Hi Synapseman,

    The digital bug has finally hit you huh? Oh well, your tokina 19-35 might feel a little weird on the 1.6 crop. Anyway, Minolta 5D seems like a great combo with your tokina.

    Back to the topic, if any salesmen ask me those silly questions, I'll just I am a student so budget constraint. Not that student from CS though(no offence, just kidding!). Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman
    Sorry ah, the DSLR I'm looking at is cheap-cheap one. Less than 1.5k. With lens.

    (How come your lens only 18-70mm? Mine 28-420mm, leh!)
    Oh 2nd hand!

    Just show 'em your pics... If they (or u yrself) are not convinced, then time to work on your skills.

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    Default Re: Your camera 6 megapixels ONLY ah?

    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman
    Is there a convenient/easy way to explain the differences between a DSLR and a compact/prosumer camera? I'm kinda tired having to explain the concept of sensor sizes to laypeople every time they ask me the same question (which usually follows "your camera how many megapixels?").

    What would you do/say?
    Dun need to explain cos it is very diffuclt to explain.
    If you insist to explain, just show them the picture.

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    tried to explain ... they couldn't understand the technical side .. ...

    in the end ...i let them compare their 7/8mp pics from their compact with my 6mp dslr pics ...

    after that they say its the cam good ...

    and said if i put the same expensive cam in their hands they also can produce that kind of pics ...

    let them take a few test shots and review then they say the cam lousy cos their pics lousy ...

    what to do? ..

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    Jus tell them wat's important is the skills of the person behind the camera, if he's not good at taking pics, eventhough he's using the most expensive/megapix camera, the results will be disastrous..

    Though equipment plays an important role in photography but skills and experience r the most precious and essential things..

    Jus my personal opinion..

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