I kind of missed this the first time around, but it’s too valuable to let slip.
Ken Rockwell gives a brilliant, clear and concise exposition on why we should beware of buying 8 megapixel point and shoot cameras like the Canon Pro-1 and Sony 8700, and instead do ourselves a big favour and go for a Digital SLR (DSLR) with reflex mirror, proper interchangeable lenses and larger image sensors (examples are the Canon EOS300D and Nikon D70). This is despite the fact that the DSLRs apparently feature an ‘inferior’ 6 megapixel resolution or thereabouts.
Required reading if you’re into digital photography.
‘The reason we still have expensive p/s cameras today is because camera companies still have two sets of development and marketing teams, one for each class of camera, so there are still people at these companies pushing the expensive p/s cameras even though the DSLRs made by the same company are better for the same price. Other companies, like Sony, don’t make any real DSLRs and of course they will promote their p/s cameras.’