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Image size vs. image quality

by 1reddogg101 / April 8, 2006 10:24 AM PDT

I have a new canon s80. which i really love. I am going on a trip this summer and i would like to know more about image size vs. if i wanted the highest quality pictures i will select large and superfine...but say i need a little more efficiency out of my card, what are the advantages and disadvantages to 'superine and medium' vs. 'fine and large'....i probably wont be blowing any picture up bigger than an 8x10 ever....thanks for the advice!!


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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 8, 2006 12:29 PM PDT

Your camera has three .jpg compression settings.
Superfine, Fine, Normal

If you need to get more photos on a card, you can set the .jpg quality setting to Fine.

In most photos, you will be unable to tell any difference between superfine and fine.

If you need to get even more on a card, then also set the size to 2592 x 1944 (5 megapixel).


I suggest you take three identical photos,
one set to superfine, one set to fine and one set to normal. See you if can tell any difference.

A photo that includes lots of surfaces, such as near-by grass and tree leaves would be best for the test.


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image vs quality
by soupysweetie / April 9, 2006 3:30 AM PDT
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The real question you have to ask yourself is: do I intend to crop and then expand any pictures you take. If, for example, you take a picture of a tree and in the tree there is a squirrel: you want to blow up the picture to enlarge the squirrel and then print the result as a large picture--this is when you need the most data you can get.

My suggestion is store the image at superfine and largest image size that you can for your camera. If you can't store the number of pictures you want on your memory card, get a 2nd larger card: cheapest investment you can make.

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by 1reddogg101 / April 9, 2006 4:25 AM PDT
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so what gives me more data, quality of size???

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my best suggestion is ....
by OneIJack / April 12, 2006 11:09 AM PDT
In reply to: So???

spend a few bucks on a external drive with multi-card reader. that way, take as many pictures at the highest settings as you want, slip out the memory card, plug it into the reader, download it all, clear the card and keep shooting! You can probably pickup a a drive around 20gb for around $100 or less. I have a Wolverine 80gb and it's roughly the size of a PDA but thicker. I paid about $290 for it and it was the best piece of digital camera accessory i have ever bought. It reads 7 different cards and it downloads pretty quickly. A 1gb memory cards takes less than 3 minutes to download.

This way, you have all pictures in the highest setting and you won't have to compromise.

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by taboma / April 13, 2006 3:00 PM PDT
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Set your digital camera at Large and Superfine. That will give you the best results. Just make sure you have a 1 Gig SD card.

I liked our Mods idea for photographing a tree in the forest sort of idea. Joe's idea is a good one.

While on vacation in Turkey last November, I set my camera (Canon SD500) to large and fine since I only wanted to have photographs of my trip.
Check out one of them here. One of the seven wonders of the world. Hagia Sophia in Istanbul:

Image quality is good. Not for National Geographic, however.
If I wanted something better I would have used a tripod and set the camera to large and to superfine.


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