GMG Tech Talk- Don’t Fall For The Megapixel Hype

It seems camera manufacturers are in a race to offer cameras with more and more megapixels.

Here is an excellent definition of megapixels and when they count and when they don’t-

Trying to Define Megapixels?

What is more important than megapixels is sensor size.  the sensor is what collects the light at the other end of your lens and the larger the sensor size the more light can be collected and presumably the better your photos will be.

Here is a sensor size chart-

from wikipedia


Most point and shoot cameras today have sensors that are 1/2.3  APS-C sized sensors like the ones found on your average DSLR are much larger and image quality in low light situations are noticeably better. 

So when shopping for a camera you can go with a larger DSLR for the very best images or a smaller one with an above average sized sensor that will still fit in your pocket like the one I recommend, the Canon Powershot s95.  I think at $369 it is the very best combination of size/price/quality.

Do Not get lured in by megapixels when shopping for a camera.  the Mrs’ Nikon D40 only has 6 megapixels (very few compared to todays 12-18 megapixel cameras) but gets photos like these-

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If you ever want a camera recommendation let me know and send me an email.  I’ll ask a few questions at to what you will be using it for and give you a recommendation.

Recently on Mashable, highly respected tech blogger Charlie white writes about two cameras in which he pits head to head to decide which is best for a blogger.  I conclude that neither are great options.  Read the article for yourself and look for my comments at the end-

Nikon D5100 vs. Olympus E-P3: Which Camera Is Best For Bloggers? [REVIEW]

I say neither.

Acquainted With The Night

  Acquainted with the Night

by Robert Frost

 I have been one acquainted with the night.

I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

 I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

 I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

When far away an interrupted cry

Came over houses from another street,

 But not to call me back or say good-bye;

And further still at an unearthly height,

O luminary clock against the sky

 Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

                                       I have been one acquainted with the night.

Get Your Fish Box Ready! Derby Time’s A Comin!!!!

Dear Joey,

Just a heads-up to all your loyal readers that the Fish Box Derby is coming up soon. In fact the Registration and Safety Inspection is August 28th, at C. B. Fisk on Kondelin Road from 9 to 12. The race itself roars down Rogers Street in front of Gorton’s on September 18, with the heats starting at High Noon. This is the eighteenth year of the modern version of the race and it’s open to all kids from 8 to 14.  As ever, there is no entry fee, and the kids have a chance to win great prizes like bikes, whale watch tickets, YMCA memberships, and pizza parties. There are special prizes for coolest car and best pit crew. Also each year the committee awards two $1,000 scholarships to former racers who have reached college age. This is one of the great family and community building events of the Cape Ann year and it’s just plain fun. Businesses and individuals who wish to support the race can have their names emblazoned on the hay bales that line the course. Lots more information on participating in or supporting the race is available at

Greg Bover <<…>> <<…>> <<…>> <<…>>