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Interpoalition

by alx47079 / October 19, 2006 12:30 AM PDT

i am looking to purchase a digital camera and have found some very good sounding cameras at very reasonable prices, but all with interpoalition. is it worth buying a camera that uses iterpoalition, or would i be better off spending more for one of supposedly less quality.

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Take a 20 dollar bill and cut it up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2006 1:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Interpoalition

Fill in the gaps and it's still 20 bucks.

Hope this helps,

Bob

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Interpolation
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 19, 2006 1:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Interpoalition

All cameras that are advertised as having interpolation ability, should be avoided.

Interpolation is generally used as a means to fool the customer into thinking the camera has more megapixels than it really has.

Example: The advertisements will say 12 megapixels, and may or may-not say "by interpolation". In reality the camera is a 3 or maybe 5 megapixel camera.

Interpolation is nothing more than taking a small image and making it larger using software.
All photo manipulation software can do this.
It is not something you want to do.
To make a photo larger, the software must add more pixels to the image. The software will guess what that pixel should be, based on what data surrounds a pixel.
This always results in a degraded image.

You see these cameras advertised on eBay and other auction sites. The advertisers often use "puffing" to make the camera sound better than it is. Such as; "has Panasonic CCD sensor". That does not make up for a "no-name lens" of poor quality.

Also these eBay advertisers almost always charge excessive fees for shipping and handling. Shipping cost for a camera should never exceed $12.

Only purchase cameras made by well known camera manufacturers, such as:
Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony.

Good quality name-brand cameras are available for under $100. There is a large selection of name-brand cameras available between $100 and $200. And they are backed by the company that builds them.

Here are just a few:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_a430%2Cfuji_finepixa400%2Ckodak_c340%2Ckodak_c533%2Coly_fe115%2Coly_fe190%2Csony_dscw30&show=all

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