With the resolution of many compact cameras having now jumped to 16MP, it is only a matter of time before they break the 20MP barrier – possibly during this calendar year.

The question is why - who is actually driving the megapixel arms race with the ‘this one goes up to 11’ mentality? Are all consumers/users really demanding that all cameras must have ever higher megapixels, contrary to regular comment within the photography media on the usability of the excessive resolution per sensor size and its effect on image quality, and even advice from retailers that excessive megapixels are not ideal.

There seems an odd parallel with the demise of the viewfinder on compacts; with the manufacturers claiming people want this despite offering users with little or no option other than to purchase the functionality/features implemented by the manufacturers.