In low-light situations, high megapixel cameras may produce pictures with specks. 

I was in the market for a new digital camera after mine was recently stolen on a family vacation to Niagara Falls. I was so sad to lose all of our vacation pictures, but after getting over that, I was happy to be able to buy a new camera.

I had a Nikon D40 and loved it while it lasted, but I realized, after the anger at its being stolen subsided, that I would rather just have a little pocket point-and-shoot. I would rather not carry a big camera bag around every time we go on vacation or out to a park on a nice summer day. I want to simply grab the thing out of my purse, click away, and be done. Those ideas were set in concrete when I looked at the cameras available today.

So many megapixels for less than $300.00! I couldn’t believe it.

Come to find out, more megapixels might sometimes get in the way. In addition to teaching me a new fact today (see italics above), David Pogue ran a couple of great experiments testing the Myth of Megapixels. He came to the conclusion that the megapixel number for a particular camera should not be the deciding factor in whether you buy the thing.

Ken Rockwell agrees. His article here  is just one small part of a great website to remember if you find yourself in the market soon.

As for me, I picked up a Panasonic Lumix ZS8. The battery is charging now.


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