Why the Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR Camera is only 6 Megapixels

In the shadow of 10 Megapixel DSLRs like the Nikon D80 and Canon Rebel XTi, and even a bunch of 10 megapixel point and shoot cameras, you might wonder why the S5 Pro Fujifilm camera, due out in 2007 is only rated to 6 Megapixels. DP Review explains that Fujifilm decided to bow out of the pixel pissing match, focusing sensor development away from pixel density and towards greater picture quality. Pussies? Maybe not.

The S5 Pro uses Fujifilm's new Super CCD SR Pro. It uses about 12 million sensors, but splits them in duty: "6.17 million larger 'S' photodiodes capture main image information, while 6.17 million smaller 'R' photodiodes for bright area information."

Actually, it seems brilliant. Use a different set of sensors with a different sensitivity to capture areas usually blown out while you're capturing shadow detail. I almost never shoot at full res, anyhow. I'm not shooting for some glossy magazine, just you monkeys on the interweb, so it doesn't matter to me. You?

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Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR [DP Review] - Eric Sheline