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    Posted: 24 September 2023 at 19:24
I wish I could link to his post, but a guy on fb says higher megapixel cameras make more noise at high ISO than lower magapixel cameras. Thoughts?

This fellow is obsessed with noise in his photos. I don't think it's that big a deal, just part of a bigger picture.   
 



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Smaller pixels have to be amplified more to show the same amount of light as larger pixels, compare the Sony A7s to a A7r. The S is for low light conditions.

But, modern camera's are better than those of 10 or 20 years ago.

Imho: don't listen to him
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It is a fallacy caused by 100% pixel peeping which results in different magnification depending on the pixel size.
Observed at the same size there is no significant difference.
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Just my personal experience, shooting both, Sony A7RM2 and A7RM4 (about 20 mp difference in resolution): I more often need to denoise the images taken by the A7RM4 - at least I do see more noise with the higher resolution camera (all other parameters equal).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2023 at 20:51
Pixel peeping yes, in real life (print) the opposite is true, did this comparison when Nikon d700 was the lowlight king and compared it with a900. On screen the different pixel counts make it hard to look at the same thing and the d700 looked better. In print the edge was on the a900 side.
Think dpreview made a few articles about this, including printing large and high megapixel beat low

So donít worry about getting more pixels to work with😉
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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Just my personal experience, shooting both, Sony A7RM2 and A7RM4 (about 20 mp difference in resolution): I more often need to denoise the images taken by the A7RM4 - at least I do see more noise with the higher resolution camera (all other parameters equal).


I basically never use any denoising with my A7r4 - are you looking at 100% or at the full picture? As you are magnifying by a third if you do this, from 42mpx to 61mpx.

I find noise not a problem at all with higher pixel cameras. I remember a video by the Northrops with the Canon EOS 5Ds, a 50mpx camera. They proofed clearly that when you equalize the output, the higher pixel count is beneficial - especially in detail and because of that, it is better for denoising.

Look at the DXoMark results of the 42mpx A7r2 to the 61mpx A7r4: https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-A7R-II-versus-Sony-A7R-IV___1035_1326
Equalized for "print" the difference is negligeable. So, no, higher pixelcount cameras are not nosier.

More important then noise is dynamic range and colour accuracy. It seems I never limit my ISO because of noise, but I do due to limited dynamic range or colour issues.
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Higher resolution takes noise reduction better.

See Jim Kassonís demonstration here Non-linear noise reduction

Edited by Jonas A-R - 24 September 2023 at 22:13
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2023 at 21:24
Had to look for that Dpreview TV episode

Edited by Maffe - 24 September 2023 at 21:27
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