Sometimes its difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to evaluating technical reviews. Each new review I read seems to be more technical than the last and none seem to help me evaluate the camera in “real life” situations. And in all honesty, much of the technical jargon goes right over my head. When I read a review that states the Canon EOS 50D has 50% higher resolution than the EOS 40D, what I want to know is simple. What does that “higher resolution” mean to me in terms of creating great looking images?
Below are two versions of a shot I took with the new EOS 50D last Saturday. The first is an uncropped (3 x 2 aspect ratio) image of a small bird perched on the branch of a small tree. The second image shows how closely I cropped (5 x 4 aspect ratio) the original to obtain the final result shown in the third image. This image of the small bird shows the incredible detail that the 15.1 megapixel sensor can resolve.
If you click on either the first or third images you’ll see a larger version which really proves my point. The 50D’s new sensor can resolve details as fine as the individual feathers on a small bird. This is a huge advantage over the 40D and (for me at least) over the Nikon D300. It’s exactly the kind of feature made for wildlife and nature photographers.