Question about Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

1 Answer

Bad Resolution Shots...Why?

Although I have my S2 IS set to the biggest & best quality picture, it occaisionally produces bad quality pictures of only 100kB (pictures taken are normally around 2MB). This happens without me changing any settings. It doesn't seem to be connected with anything - happened with a low light outdoor evening shot and also in blazing sunshine. Surely this is not a feature of the camera, do I have an issue with the camera?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.

  • Master
  • 2,985 Answers
Re: Bad Resolution Shots...Why?

Yes probably. Contact the technical Support Team at Canon - possible firm ware failure.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

What does raw+fine pictures mean?

The raw+fine setting indicates that your camera will take both raw (NEF) and high resolution JPEG pictures with every shot. You can change this to shoot just JPEG or just raw shots using your menu under the little camera icon. Click on image quality and it will give you multiple settings so you can choose only raw or only JPEG. You have three JPEG settings: fine, normal or basic.

I always shoot raw+fine which I think may be the default setting. I use the jpeg pictures for simple and quick editing and I use raw for detailed editing. JPEG pictures deteriorate quickly during editing while raw pictures can handle extensive editing without significant deterioration.

When you shoot raw+fine, it means the camera is actually storing two pictures of the same shot, one in each of the two formats. When you view the pictures in Windows, you can tell the difference between the raw shots and the jpeg shots because the raw shots have a broad black bar across the top and bottom of the picture while the jpeg shots fill the screen.

Apr 14, 2013 | Nikon DSLR D90 Digital Camera

1 Answer

How many pictures can fit in a 3 gigabyte memory?

That depends on the picture resolution and image compression settings. As an example, I just took some pictures on my 8megapixel camera with different settings. At the lowest resolution the file was about 120KB in size, which means about 25000 pictures will fit into 3GB. At its highest resolution and best quality (least compression) the file is about 4MB, which will allow about 750 pictures in 3GB. At the same resolution and lowest quality (most compression) the file is about half that size, allowing for twice as many pictures.

Your mileage will vary, of course. The best way to find out is to take some pictures and see how big they are.

Hope this helps. If you need more information, please feel free to reply to this post and specify the make and model of your camera.

May 31, 2011 | Digital Cameras

1 Answer

What is the best photo size for good quality digital photo prints from my Samsung tl205?

I always recommend setting the camera to take the largest size format at the highest quality or "resolution" settings the camera offers.

Using the largest size and resolution combination provides images with the most detail available in your camera. It will provide excellent results for standard 4 x 6 prints and you'll be glad you chose the larger format and resolution if you wish to edit, crop & enlarge any of your shots. At one point, you'll take a picture that you're going to want to enlarge and frame - but when you have your camera set for smaller images at lower resolutions, jagged edges and pixelization begins to appear in the image. The more you enlarge - the more noticeable it becomes. You see this for yourself by taking a picture of something with small size and low resolution settings and another picture of the exact same scene but with the largest size and highest resolution settings. Display the pictures on your computer screen and enlarge them both to 200% or more. Compare the details and edges of both pictures at the same percentage on enlargement to see what I'm describing.

The size of your pictures has no bearing on the cost of printing them. The only downside is the fact that your memory card will hold fewer pictures. This means you'll need to buy additional or larger memory cards if you find that you take too many pictures between the times you transfer to your computer.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply. Thank you.

Apr 01, 2011 | Samsung DualView TL205 Digital Camera

1 Answer

I need to know how to increase the size of the pictures to at least 100 for publication in a magazine, the camera is a Lumix DMC-FS42

You have to set the camera for high resolution images BEFORE you take the pictures. If you try to make them bigger later (in a computer, you can't do it in camera), you will get fuzziness or blockiness.

I don't know what you mean by "100". On my Lumix, the picture resolutions are given in pixels, like 2560x1920 or 640x480. The larger numbers are the higher resolutions, and for best quality (and biggest native size), you will want the highest resolution available in your camera. You will also want to set the compression to the finest setting. These settings are on the REC settings screen, which is the first to come up when you press the menu button.

Higher resolution/quality photos will require more storage space in memory, so you might want to get another or a bigger memory card.

Dec 28, 2010 | Digital Cameras

1 Answer

Pictures quality is bad on a lot of pictures - lines and blocks are in the picture display but the thumbnail looks ok

Are you taking pictures at the lowest resolution? Most cameras have jpeg settings low medium and high or something like that are you on low. It may be that the pictures taken at this resolution are only good at thumbnail size.

Dec 27, 2010 | Digital Cameras

2 Answers

Power shot A95

It is the setting on your camera ,if you set at (2592x1944) superfine ,you were only can take 11 picture.So if you want to take more pictures ,try set to lower resolution. Below is the setting table: Reso Quality Approx.file size # images on 32MB card Large (2592 x 1944) Superfine 2.4 MB 11 Fine 1.4 MB 21 Normal 695 KB 43 Medium 1 (2048 x 1536) Superfine 1.6 MB 18 Fine 893 KB 33 Normal 445 KB 67 Medium 2 (1600 x 1200) Superfine 1002 KB 30 Fine 558 KB 54 Normal 278 KB 107 Small (640 x 480) Superfine 249 KB 119 Fine 150 KB 195 Normal 84 KB 336

Aug 04, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Best picture size to use

The higher quality will not degrade the prints, you can always reduce the size for printing, if you wish. (Although it shouldn't matter, if the printer is not able to print all the pixels due to limited resolution, it will downsize properly, anyway). The only drawbacks are, as you noted, increased size/storage requirements. I would shot always in the biggest possible size and with fine JPEG (no sense in using TIFF - the quality is not so different that you ever notive it). The reason for always using the biggest size is that you can later crop and have better chances at postprocessing. When "THE" shot comes your way, you don't want to accidentily store it in all the glory of 800x600 pixels :) (Switching sizes is a bad idea, you inevitable forget to switch the size back and shot an entire afternoon in the small size. Been there, done that, did not get the pixels back :)

Sep 04, 2005 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Storable images and file sizes ...

Stylus 300 Digital Memory Card Storage Capacity Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card 256MB xD-Picture Card SHQ, HQ 2048 x 1536 6, 20 shots 96, 326 shots SQ1 1600 x 1200 24 shots 399 shots SQ2 1280 x 960 38 shots 614 shots SQ2 1024 x 768 58 shots 940 shots SQ2 640 x 480 99 shots 1598 shots HQ Movie 320 x 240 15 fps 16 sec. max per movie 16 sec. max per movie SQ Movie 160 x 120 15 fps 70 sec. max per movie 70 sec. max per movie All capacity figures are approximate. Stylus 400 Digital Memory Card Storage Capacity Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card 256MB xD-Picture Card SHQ, HQ 2272 x 1704 5, 16 shots 90, 266 shots SQ1 2048 x 1536 20 shots 326 shots SQ2 1600 x 1200 24 shots 399 shots SQ2 1280 x 960 38 shots 614 shots SQ2 1024 x 768 58 shots 940 shots SQ2 640 x 480 99 shots 1598 shots HQ Movie 320 x 240 15 fps 16 sec. max per movie 16 sec. max per movie SQ Movie 160 x 120 15 fps 70 sec. max per movie 70 sec. max per movie

Sep 01, 2005 | Olympus Camedia Stylus 300 Digital Camera

1 Answer

XD Picture card?

Quality Mode Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card 512MB xD-Picture Card SHQ 2048 x 1536 6 shots 192 shots HQ 2048 x 1536 20 shots 640 shots SQ1 1024 x 768 76 shots 2432 shots SQ2 640 x 480 165 shots 5280 shots

Aug 31, 2005 | Olympus Camedia D-395 Digital Camera

1 Answer

S 5i Question: What are the best settings for quick pics

Hi: Let's go by parts... :) You want to print your photos in 8 x 10 inches without bluring some areas on the picture... in Europe we talk about centimeters. It's something like 20 x 25 centimeters. If you want the picture to be with the best quality for printing, then you have to set your image resolution in, at least, 300 dpi (dots per inch) - this you have to do with software, like Adobe Photoshop CS2. For you to change the resolution of your picture to print with that size without losing any quality, you have to have a picture with, at least, 3000 x 2400 pixels. So, it's better for you to take pictures with the highest quality in your camera, 2560 x 1920, and still you loose some detail. When you have a picture with the resolution 1024 x 768 taken by any normal camera, you will get a resolution of 72 dpi (the same resolution that pictures in the Internet or monitors have. When you print it at your size, 8 x 10 inches, the computer or the printer, one of them is going to change the resolution of your pictures. That process is called "interpolation" and it means that some pixels are generated with middle colors. It's dificult for me to explain the process without showing images but I think that if your search through Google engine you will find lost of pages talking about it... maybe one day I can post in my site about that subject ;) If you have any question about what I tryed to explain just post again ;) Regards

Aug 30, 2005 | Pentax Optio S5i Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera Logo

Related Topics:

67 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Canon Digital Cameras Experts


Level 2 Expert

246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2598 Answers


Level 2 Expert

68 Answers

Are you a Canon Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides