Is an Ultra-High-Resolution Camera Right for You?

The megapixel war has seen a resurgence in recent years, with full frame cameras blowing past the 50-megapixel mark and producing file sizes that would have seemed ludicrous not that long ago. With these crazy resolutions come a lot of benefits, but also some drawbacks that you should consider before you invest in such a camera. This great video will show you what it is like to work with these megapixel monsters.

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this enlightening video discusses some of the pros and cons of working with high-resolution cameras, inspired by his review of the Sony a7R IV, which has a 61-megapixel sensor, currently the highest resolution of any 35mm camera. While you will obviously need more storage for an equivalent amount of images, I personally feel that storage is cheap enough these days that if you are considering the move to a high-resolution system, it shouldn't stop you. On the other hand, the thing that really affected me the most was how much performance it demanded from my computer. Of course, there are also lots of benefits, and I absolutely love the compositional flexibility I have, particularly when I am shooting events where I can't get any closer to the action and I know I'll have to crop in in post. Check out the video above for Abbott's full thoughts. 

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Kirk Darling's picture

The real answer to the headline question comes at about 7:45 in the video.

Scott Hussey's picture

I was surprised to learn the Sony doesn't have Small Raw options. My Canon 5Ds is almost always set to either 12.5MP or 28MP. It's nice to have 50MP when I need it - but honestly, that's only about 1-2% of shots. Without that feature, I never would've bought the thing.

is a high resolution DSLR right for me? Nope but ironically my high resolution dslr was the cheapest modern dslr i could get at the time. If I could have I would have bought a Nikon d750 but it was about $300 more than my D800E So the choice was simple. managing these massive files is crazy. I do get some awesome landscape shots with it though. I did an HDR merge of a tower in my states capital city and the file was about a GB in size for the one final tiff lol. YUUUGE. The photo turned out pretty cool though :D

EL PIC's picture

MP is Just another photo scam and so is mirrorless