I am convinced that a 3.2 megapixel image is just perfect for an amateur photographer who limits prints to 8X10. I own a 4 megapixel camera and find that even this small size increase takes significantly more storage space. A 3.2 meg camera with agood zoom lens (4x or higher) or good auxillary lenses would be muchmore serviceable for me than a 5 megapixel camera. Argue with me!
My opinion is 3mp is great up to 4x6 and good to 5x7. With interpolation I've gotten 8x10s, so it can definitely be done and the results are acceptable.
And now that I've gotten my 16x20 and 20x30 prints back, I'll say 6mp is very good up to the former and good to the latter.
I'd also argue that my interpolated 20x30 prints equal or even beat the same size prints from 35mm film.
I wouldn't go back to anything less than I have now, while 3.2mp may be adeqaute for small prints and anything online, but as others have said, when printing at 8*10 or more, you need the extra detail if it is to hold up.
I have made excellent 8 x 10 prints. I don't have the capacity for anything larger anyway.
I'm rather partial to the interpolation via C1. I'd rather do as much in there as I can before it goes to PS, the editing time does take a bit longer on bigger files (my most common size to work on is A3 (12 x 16" ish, 3500 x 5000px) and the prints from that come up very clean providing the source image is good to begin with.
I recently had to give it a bit more of a kick to print 2 shots that are going into a trade stand at ***** next month so I used the Stairstep script (no idea who makes this variant) to bump up the size to 24 x 36" (7200 x 10800px) which is close to 300% of an enlargement. They were printed at a quality lab (Auswide) and I was very happy with the results, coming from the lab it showed less digital artefacts and more softness like a true enlargement from film and it was quite pleasant viewed from around three feet away.
I've just checked it out
James, shame on you!!! :o
I think that ***** is for naughty people! hehe! *doesnt click the link*
So much depends on the photo. If the photo is really excellent, the eye tolerates more artifacts. Think of the old tri-x days. Grain came to be considered a symbol of authenticity if the photo was important.