At PMA, I attended several presentations by Sony and was impressed with their alpha A900 digital SLR and its 24.6 megapixel resolution. The presenters were extremely effective in showing the possibilities created with a sensor of this size. I was shocked to find myself wanting to try one of these $3000 cameras, given that I have long believed that the importance of megapixels was being vastly overstated by camera manufacturers.
What has caused this change? The images were extremely sharp and allowed even small details to be enlarged to full-size photos. In addition, with the possibility of two page spreads across 12×12 StoryBook pages, I have come to appreciate the advantages of larger file sizes.
Competing cameras with similar resolutions are significantly more expensive, with the Nikon D3X and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III at nearly $8000. So at only $3000, the Sony A900 may actually be a bargain.