So I just bought the Sony HDR-PJ790 and I love it.
I have a question about image quality for the still images.
I currently have the Sony A35, which is a 16.1 megapixel camera (sorry to anyone who read my last thread where I called it the A65, I was way off in my guess lol).
I was hoping that I would be able to get great quality photos on my new PJ790 so that I wouldn't have to carry around my A35 for photos and my P790 for video.
I know that megapixels are not the ultimate decider of image quality, and I'll admit that I don't know that much about the specifics of what makes an image of higher quality, but if I'm not mistaken, shouldn't I be able to zoom in on a photo taken with the 24.1mp PJ790 on photoshop "further" and crisper than I would with the same photo taken on the A35 (16.1 mp)?
The reason why I ask is because - look at the picture attached. The top photo was taken with my A35 and the bottom with my PJ790. These are zoomed in, but not with the camera/lens; I just zoomed in on photoshop and printscreened both images.
See how the bottom picture (the PJ790) is much worse than the A35?
Is there any way to fix this? I ask because I often take my photos and then crop out sometimes even 1/4 of the photo to make a new photo, and I never have quality problems with the A35.
I must sound kind of dumb - I know I can't expect the quality of a camcorder's still photos to match/be better than that of a DSLR, but I'm just confused because I thought that this is exactly what more megapixels are for - for zooming in with increased clarity.
I'm just wondering if there's a setting or something I'm missing. It is shooting in the 16:9 24mp mode.
As a sidenote, I took a bunch of the exact same photos with the A35 and the PJ790 and was really impressed with the PJ790's "unzoomed" quality. It's also really cool to see my photos in widescreen, it actually makes a big difference over the A35 which does not shoot in widescreen mode (I think).