>12mp is 12mp. The print resolution of a D3, D2x, D300, and >D700 should identical since you have the exact same dpi for >prints. You may have to change FL, or move in/out at the same >FL, to get the same composition but print resolution is the >same. > >Differences in the 6mp D70 vs 10/12mp bodies only become >significant in large prints or cropped images. Remember, you >are printing at 200-300 dpi but on your monitor you are >viewing the image at 96 ppi. I have printed 13 x 19" >prints with my D70 which are very sharp. If depends on the >amount of detail in the original. > >A D200 vs D700 should have little difference, about 10% >resolution since the long end of the sensor is 3872 pixels vs >4288 pixels. It is unlikely you would notice any difference in >print resolution.
I disagree, a 12mp P&S camera is going to be nowere near as detailed and sharp for landscape as a 12MP MF camera or even full frame 12MP 35mm at larger print sizes, otherwise I would just buy a small 12-14MP P&S camera. the larger sensor requires less enlargement of the captured image as a result, and just as in the film days bigger is usually better, nothing has changed with the laws of physics, yah there are differences in some areas with digital but no one has proven to me that 12MP D3 images are no better than a smaller 12MP sensor. there maybe less of a difference between a D200 and D3 but it will be there, otherwise theres not much point buying a D700 over a D300 except for extreme wide angle. One of the reasons 6MP D50 seemed to be sharper than a 10MP was partly due to the fact the 6MP image was not emlarged as much, putting less stress on lenses and other factors inc DOF. obviously the high ISO of the larger sensor will be much better, except in medium format for some reason.
If someone can convince me that other than high ISO I will not see any difference in quality between the D300 and D700 I will be glad as than I won't have to spend any more money.I don't need to go any wider then the 12-24 lens offers. I would like better High ISO though, but if thats it than I won't update for some time.