Could anyone please give me some info on the following ?
If the D1X is 5.3 MB and the Coolpix is 5 MB, should they be giving the same quality (more or less) in terms of sharpness ?
I do realise that with the D1X you have the advantage of interchangable lenses & the quality of the lenses. But, besides this,
since both are 5 MB, more or less, should the overall quality be the same ?
#1. "RE: Nikon D1X Vs Coolpix 5000" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberFri 22-Feb-02 04:24 PM
In theory, the amount of detail that can be resolved by the two cameras should be similar because, as you say, they have similar pixel counts.
In practice there will be significant differences. The CCD used by the D1x is far larger than that used by the CP5000. This gives it several advantages:
Firstly the larger size of each of the pixels makes the CCD more light sensitive and also means there will be less backround noise.
Secondly the lens has an easier job to do: the pixels of the CP5000 CCD are very small - probably smaller than film grain - so the lens has to be capable of resolving very fine detail to get best results.
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#2. "RE: Nikon D1X Vs Coolpix 5000" | In response to Reply # 0mythrenegade Basic MemberFri 22-Feb-02 04:39 PM
I don't think so. If you look at the pictures they produce with the D1/D1H vs. any sub $1500 3MP camera, you will see that they look much better. I'm not sure how they do it, but I guess the old photographic principals still apply: better glass = better pictures.
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#3. "RE: Nikon D1X Vs Coolpix 5000" | In response to Reply # 0thom Registered since 27th Jan 2002Wed 27-Feb-02 06:16 PM
Resolution is only one factor in the final image appearance. In practice, the D1x images are substantially better than those from a Coolpix 5000, assuming you're making large prints and taking all due care in producing them. The primary differences:
* The Coolpix lenses have substantial chromatic aberration in them. At high contrast boundaries you often get a red tinting on one side, and a greenish tinting on the other. The lenses are lower in contrast, too, at least compared to any of the f/2.8 prime optics you might use on a D1x.
* The noise level of the Coolpix models, while good, just doesn't rival what you can pull out of a D1x NEF file, especially since the Coolpix's JPEG compression amplifies any small difference.
* With a Coolpix you MUST get the camera settings right, because the camera renders the final image with them. If you use in-camera sharpening, or if you select a high contrast setting on a high contrast scene, you're stuck with that choice. Most D1x users who care about the quality of their image shoot NEF, which gives them the original sensor data and allows them to try different settings after the fact.
If all that weren't enough, most serious D1x shooters are using Bibble or QImage Pro to produce 10mp images from the sensor data--nearly double the resolution of the Coolpix 5000.
The Coolpix 5000 is a good camera capable of producing very nice results. The D1x is simply better, though.
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#4. "Don't forget shutter lag..." | In response to Reply # 0
The shot you don't get because you are a second late tripping the shutter is a whole lot lower in quality than any kind of image! Shutter lags on compact digicams, including the CP5000, are pretty long, approaching a full second. That can be quite frustrating for certain situations. The D1x has a shutter lag time comparable to film SLRs.
#6. "RE: Nikon D1X Vs Coolpix 5000" | In response to Reply # 0
To simplify things a great measure...
The CCD or (cmos..who would use that?!) is that which replaces film, it's what captures the image. All else being equal the larger the film area the better right. With CCD's even of the same pixel count this is true. The larger the CCD - the less noise (as a general statement).
Yet I regress, back to the simplistics. Even if the CCD's were of the same quality does that make the camera equal?!? If so we should all stop wasting our money on Nikon SLR's and buy Fuji Discovery's! (no I'm not knocking Discovery P&S - they are great P&S's) They both will use the same 35mm film.
I always laugh at the digital marketers, all they really push is the pixels - don't get me wrong that's important and why the D100 has me drooling - but what ever happened to traditionally important things like GLASS ? Heh, heh the D100's got that too!
Hope this helps to put thing in perspective
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#7. "RE: Nikon D1X Vs Coolpix 5000" | In response to Reply # 0
Sharpness can be put down to several factors and not just resolution.
While the CP5000 produces some of the best images I have seen for a prosumer, and most of it is down to the 5+mps sensor, there is a world of difference between the two cameras you mention, not least because of colour quality, noise performance and pixel accuracy, all of which would affect the resolution. The 5.3 sensor on the cp5000 is really only a starting point and its actual resolution is dependant on the overall design of the camera.