Having read the above answers and comments.....I have a question also.... Isn't the "cropped sensor" going to produce the same reduction in image quality that "digital zoom" does? Although most of the cameras I've owned included digital zoom among their features, I NEVER used it because of the resulting loss of image quality. I'm also not a believer in the idea that the higher the pixel count...the better the camera. At least now when they're crowding all those extra pixels onto the same dimension sensor. As indicated in an earlier post....they get smaller and collect less light....resulting in higher gain electronics....resulting in more noise to deal with. AND in dealing with it the manufacturers often sacrifice definition to reduce the effects of noise. SO...IMHO anything over about 12 mp on the most common sensor size is plenty. Anything more and I'd always go for a full-frame sensor. Am I wrong?
No. With digital zoom you're actually cropping into the sensor (and usually resizing). With a cropped frame camera, you're still using the full resolution of the sensor, but the smaller sensor is giving you a narrower angle of view. So with digital zoom you're actually losing resolution.
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