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Do you think this pix would benefit from more MP
Many interesting answers so far.
First I want to mention that I want higher resolution cameras, with the current sensor technology something in the range between 40 and 60 MP would make sense to me.
In this particular example, I have to say no, I don't think it would benefit much from more pixels. It is based on what I see, there is quite heavy sharpening applied, with strong sharpening halos, more than 1 pixel wide. Yet the detail is not sharp at pixel level. This suggests to me that the focus is ever so slightly off. It could also be a small amount of motion blur, but my guess is that the dominant limiting factor here is focus error.
IMO, different processing with interpolation of the unsharpened image, and then careful output sharpening, would not be significantly worse than an image with more pixels.
true (and I pointed this stuff out as well) but let's also just stress again the key point that such a photo, taken in bright light, with an easy background could easily have come out focused correctly and been taken with a higher shutter speed, so a photo just LIKE that one absolutely could have made use of a higher density sensor even if that exact shot with the perhaps missed AF or trace of motion would not but that seems to me to be somewhat missing the key point since if we judge everything by missed shots well then at some point you may as well just leave the lens cap on and say a 0 MP camera will do the job just fine
a white bird under direct sun is usually not something where it's crazy hard to take advantage of more MP, you can easily shoot at high enough shutter speed and have enough light, still, to not go to high isos
(although it also shows that deep in a jungle or with a poorly working af system etc. the higher density sensor may be mostly just wasting storage space)