Canon's 1Ds Mark II digital camera has 16.7 megapixels and was introduced at a list price of $8,000. It has a sensor of 35mm by 25mm, or 1.36 square inches. Most view cameras use film that's 20 or 80 square inches--and can yield images far more detailed than the best digital sensor. They're also relatively inexpensive. This view camera costs about $1,000.
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