Nikon D1x, 5.27 or 5.47 Megapixels?
I have been trying to do some research on a D1x Body (Can't wait to long for the D100 to come out) I have come across some dealers on the web and got confused, it is advertised to be "D1X Pro 5.27 megapixel Digital SLR" and when I read the specs I see the print like this one ; "Total image quality - 23.7 x 15.6mm 5.47-megapixel CCD for 4,024 x 1,324-pixel images" is it 5.27 or 5.47 megapixel’s?. The next question I need help on is, should I buy it or should I wait for the D100?
Thank you in advance
Nikonian from Maryland!
#1. "RE: Nikon D1x, 5.27 or 5.47 Megapixels?" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberWed 12-Jun-02 04:26 PM
It's a little bit complicated....
The D1x has an unusual CCD with a resolution of 4028x1324 pixels - i.e. twice the horizontal resolution you'd expect given the aspect ratio. When it generates JPEG files this is interpolated to give a 3008x1960 pixel image.
The D100 has a conventional CCD and produces JPEG files with a resolution of 3008x2000 pixels.
When reviewers shoot test charts there is a noticable difference in the resolving power between the two cameras: the D1x does better horizontally and worse vertically (as you'd expect given the design of its CCD) than the D100. In practice, with real-world shots, you might just be able to see the difference if you compared shots from both cameras side-by-side.
But in terms other than resolution comparing the D1x and D100 is like comparing the F5 and F80: if you want (or need) the facilities of a professional camera then you pay a hefty premium for it.
#2. "RE: Nikon D1x, 5.27 or 5.47 Megapixels?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 12-Jun-02 04:30 PM
Hmmm...here are some different numbers:
According the Phil Askey's review, the sensor has 5.33 million pixels. There is often a disparity between the total number of pixels on a given sensor, and the number of pixels that are actually used for image capture. Either the designers choose to limit the pixels used or the edge pixels are factored out to preserve edge quality.
With the D1x there's an additional complication. The horizontal resolution of the sensor is double the vertical resolution. The camera creates 5.88 Mpix images using interpolation to fill in the vertical data.
See Phil's in depth article here: