Source: Digital Photography Review
quote: The MRO for example (the probe that took the photo of the parachute) was launched in 2005, and uses custom sensors to sweep out panoramas over 20,000 pixels wide
quote: If they constantly wanted to perform continuous improvements on every subsystem on Curiosity, guess where that rover would be today? Still in some lab at NASA because it would never get done.
quote: You could easily have placed an 8MP camera and just make it take 2MP shots and send it.