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05/02/2003 01:11:13 PM · #1
I am curious as to what size you would recommend taking your pictures at. I use the PowerShot A70, I take it I should use the superfine setting, but I'm not sure if the size itself makes a difference. It's not for storage purposes, it's for quality I am inquiring.
05/02/2003 01:15:23 PM · #2
Well, it is always better to take pics using the highest available setting your camera allows. It gives you more room to crop and...(anyone care to add?)
05/02/2003 01:21:47 PM · #3
It depends on what you're looking to do with the photo. As a general rule, I use the "fine" setting on my coolpix 5700, but there are two settings higher than that. The more detail you want to capture, the higher the resolution you will want to use.

There are trade-offs though. Most cameras take longer to write the higher res images to the memory card, so you have to wait between shots. Of course the higher res pics use much more of the memory capacity too.

For most images, the "fine" setting, or your camera's equivalent should suffice. Practice will help you figure it out. If you can do it, take a fixed shot on each setting, upload them and look at the differences.

05/02/2003 01:23:51 PM · #4
Exactly! Since I have a mere 16MB card on my camera (yes I know!!!) I have been tempted taking holiday/party shots in a low resolution, thus enabling me to take ~40 photos. I am now discovering however that the single most commong complaint for my as-now 6,5 rated Transportation photo is SIZE SIZE SIZE! So I am kept wondering if it could have been a >7.0 shot if it had been bigger...

So my "Glass"-shots are HUUUUGE!
05/02/2003 01:31:17 PM · #5
...but what I am wondering is the actual size setting, ie 2048x1536, 1600x1200,1024x768,640x480, you should recommend
05/02/2003 01:52:33 PM · #6
Personally I always use 2048x1536, unless I'm using the burst mode where I'll go to 1600x1200 to get more frames. Using the highest resolution gives more cropping room, and if I ever want to print my pics, I'll have more freedom in choosing a size. I find having room to crop very helpful for challenges. I don't think I've ever used 1024x768 or 640x480 with my camera. Then again, I have 400 MB of memory so that I don't have to worry too much about running out of space.
05/02/2003 02:02:00 PM · #7
Thanks for your help. :)
05/02/2003 02:18:18 PM · #8
For snapshots/general photography the mid setting at lowest compression is fine (3 MP cam). For portraits/landscapes/challenges or anything else you may want to print, I'd go with the highest pixel setting in combination with least amount of compression, if you have that option. The greater the amount of compression the smaller the file size but also the lower quality of images.
05/02/2003 02:33:39 PM · #9
you paid for those pixels, why not use them??... i always shoot in 5mp on my cam with standard or high compression if i am taking a lot of shots. i have about 550mb memory so about 400 shots high compression. if i am not shooting that many, i will shoot in TIFF though, fine quality. i can get about 35 shots that way though. is there a diff between TIFF fine and standard???
05/02/2003 03:35:00 PM · #10
Tiff is uncompressed, fine is a small amount of compression, standard is a bit more, etc. My camera shoots a Raw format, from which Tiff images can be made. I can't see any difference between Tiff images and fine images from my camera though.

I usually don't use the Raw format because it creates 9 MB Tiff files. I have 2 harddrives, but with 10 gigs of pictures already, storage on my computer becomes an issue...

Originally posted by a1leyez0nm3:

you paid for those pixels, why not use them??... i always shoot in 5mp on my cam with standard or high compression if i am taking a lot of shots. i have about 550mb memory so about 400 shots high compression. if i am not shooting that many, i will shoot in TIFF though, fine quality. i can get about 35 shots that way though. is there a diff between TIFF fine and standard???

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