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jlovel7
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Question about Nikon Cameras
I've been researching some of Nikons bodies to potentially replace my D3300. In trying to figure out exactly what differentiates one model from another other than MP and sensor size I've found there can be quite a lot but one thing that confused me was that their most expensive/fanciest cameras don't also have the highest megapixels. Why is that? The D6 looks like it maxes out around 20MP compared to another few cameras that reach into the 40s as well as others that go into the 30s. I understand the D6 has the most features/best ISO sensitivity and capability of taking more pictures per second and stacking for up to 200 photos but why does any of that matter if the actual pixels per inch of the image aren't even better than my current D3300 and is in fact worse? I assume that I'm missing something.


VABuckeye
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
Crop vs Full Frame

There's way more to this than pixel count. The D6 is a professional body full frame camera. Your D3300 is an entry level crop sensor camera. There's a world of difference between the two. You also need to know what you're doing with a D6. It's not a camera to put in auto mode and click away.

ETA: I have a D7100. That series level would probably be a better step up that going all the way to a state of the art professional body camera for you.
Nikon D6 Professional Body Camera
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jlovel7
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
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Crop vs Full Frame

There's way more to this than pixel count. The D6 is a professional body full frame camera. Your D3300 is an entry level crop sensor camera. There's a world of difference between the two. You also need to know what you're doing with a D6. It's not a camera to put in auto mode and click away.

ETA: I have a D7100. That series level would probably be a better step up that going all the way to a state of the art professional body camera for you.
Nikon D6 Professional Body Camera


Maybe I misspoke. I understand sensor size in regards to full frame vs cropped. What I mean though is why do the higher end cameras tail off from the upper mid range cameras on the megapixels? Wouldn't those higher end cameras and their users demand a higher pixel count similar to the mid to upper range models? Or does pixel count after 20MP start becoming a case of diminishing returns?


VABuckeye
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
Here's an article about why more megapixels isn't better.


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TBoy
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
Sensor size and what the company technology gets out of the sensor are more important than just pixel counts. I'm not a pro and don't want to spend what it takes to get a full sized sensor. IMO, when looking at this last year I decided that in the APS-C market, Fuji gets a little more out of their sensors than Nikon. Last year I sold my Nikon D3200 and bought a Fuji XT-3. It's a wonderful camera.
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Inadvertent Whistle
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
My next camera will be mirrorless. I shoot Nikon right now and have some nice lenses, but Sony is tempting me.


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There’s no perfect camera for everything. “Higher end” cameras don’t tail off at 20mp. Someone in the market for a D6 is probably using it for sports. 12-15 frames a second isn’t conducive to huge raw files. Commercial photographers step up to medium format which moves you into the 50-150mp range....but then those are hamstrung by frame rates, autofocus and low light capabilities.





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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
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My next camera will be mirrorless. I shoot Nikon right now and have some nice lenses, but Sony is tempting me.
The new Canon EOS R is incredible. My son is a professional and said it is making his job much easier and that the lenses are far and above anything he's shot with, except the Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II, but that camera is a few thousand more $.


tigerpawl
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
Full-frame should be the first box you check.


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Full-frame should be the first box you check.
Not sure why someone would DV your post. You're 100% correct.


tigerpawl
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
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I shoot Nikon right now and have some nice lenses, but Sony is tempting me.
I also shoot Nikon (D800; D810) with multiple Nikon-brand lenses. I've been a Nikon head for a long time. Would love to upgrade to a D850 (when I win the lottery).

Sensor Data Base





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Pettifogger
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
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Not sure why someone would DV your post. You're 100% correct.



Why?

Full over crop is just not a priority for a ton of people, and there is no reason it necessarily should be

(I didn't dv him, FWIW).


Shotgun Willie
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
I left my Nikon behind and went to the Sony A7III couldn't be happier


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Question about Nikon Cameras
Anything over 24 mp is a waste. In fact larger pixels usually have better performance. Less noisy.


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