Sharper Images: For Many, the New Class of Digital Cameras May Be Overkill

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Photography for amateurs is about playing the odds. We shoot a roll, schlep to the photo developer, misplace the claim checks, find them, pay a fortune for the snapshots and end up with only one out of 72 pictures worth a cheap frame. But digital photography changes the rules. Finally, do-overs are allowed. Did you snap a lousy photo? So what? Delete it and take another. You don't pay to print all those pictures with people's eyes half closed and mouths agape. The more pictures you take, the more you're earning back the higher cost of digital cameras by saving on film.

A new crop of digital cameras is hitting the market, and they're loaded with pixels, the tiny specks of color (or black and white) that are assembled to make up an image. The latest beauties like the Nikon 990 and the Olympus C-3030 can devote 3.3 million pixels to an image. A greater pixel count improves the quality of a printed image--the more dots in the image, the higher its resolution. …