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Picture Dimension Hello. I am having trouble changing the dimension of the pictures my Canon PowerShot A530 is taking. It is set at a massive 2592 x 1944 and the files are massive. I currently have to use an outside program to shrink the dimensions, but when I'm downloading 50+ pictures off the camera at a time, that's quite tedious. I know there must be a way to change the ratio in the camera, but I can't find it. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Regards, Stacey

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Re: Picture Dimension

You can find this answer on page 31 of your owner's manual. You can download a copy of the manual from I have attached a copy of the relevent page. The resolution choices are: L: 2592 x 1944 M1: 2048 x 1536 M2: 1600 x 1200 S: 640 x 480 Postcard: 1600 x 1200 Widescreen: 2592 x 1456

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