vnunet have a story that says the megapixel war may now be over, with relatively cheap 5 – 8 megapixel digital cameras now sufficient for most users. With this in mind they say that manufacturers will be concentrating on adding new features, such as anti-shake, and more powerful optical zoom to tempt buyers:

“The development of relatively cheap 5-megapixel compact cameras has effectively ended the long running ‘megapixel war’, leaving manufacturers to focus on features rather than resolution, industry sources have told “Five to eight megapixels is already sufficient for almost all users,” said a spokesman for Premier Image Technology, one of the world’s largest digital still camera makers. He added that competition has forced prices for the cheapest 8-megapixel models below $300, and even manufacturers of low-cost compact models will soon begin to add features such as anti-shake and more powerful optical zooms to attract buyers. Half of all US households own a digital camera, and markets in western Europe and Japan are similarly saturated, according to a recent report from Taiwan’s Market Intelligence Center.”

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0 Responses to Digital Camera Megapixel War Over?

  1. Malcolm says:

    It’s about time – if true, the vast majority of use have neither need or use for these large res cameras.Decent CCD’s and big zooms in a small housings are much more use.Trying to edit 5plus Mpx on the average 17 inch monitor is nearly a hopeless task.Small is best…

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