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Poor printing resolution...?!

I was wondering why all the photos taken with this camera come up in a poor 72 dpi resolution on my computer, which is a pain when I need 300 dpi for printing something. Is there a setting I don't see?

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Re: Poor printing resolution...?!

You can select whatever resolution you want to print at on your Print(er) Setup.

If your Printer is automatically selecting a 72DPI to print at, you may be trying to print a 10X12 pic size or larger by default due to pic file size created when pic was taken in camera with full 7Meg resolution.

Use photo software to proper size the print before printing. If you want a print larger than 5X7, keep in mind the TZ3 begins to have recognizable noise, reduced resolution due to noise, especially in low light indoor or evening/nite outside shots. You can use photo software to improve and size them before printing. Windows Vista has a built-in photoshop type program. Else, I believe your camera comes with one on disk.

Also, read your manual regarding shooting with this camera.

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My pictures are only 72 DPI. How can I change the resolution to higher quality?

The dots per inch setting (DPI) is meaningful only when printing the picture. As such, the camera simply fills in a default value of 72. You can change it in Photoshop or any other photo editing program. The resolution setting on the camera only changes the number of pixels in the picture, not how you print it.

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Hi i have an Olypmus UZ800 and it takes only 72 dpi photos, how can i change to 300 dpi, i must insist that i use FINE picture quality

Please don't confuse the input resolution with the print resolution. DPI controls how many dots per inch are printed. It has nothing to do with how the picture is taken, that's controlled by the input resolution (also called image size). The image quality has nothing to do with either, it controls how much the image is compressed before being stored.

Input resolution (image size) is controlled by the "IMAGE SIZE" entry in the Shooting menu. 14 megapixels is the best this camera can do.

Image quality is controlled by the "COMPRESSION" entry in the Shooting menu. FINE is the best quality, least compression.

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Change 72 dpi to 300 dpi

Your camera cannont shoot at either 72 dpi or 300 dpi. It shoots at whatever resolution you have it set for. Dpi (dots per inch) is a print specification, denoting how large (or small) your pictures are printed.

The DSC-W100's highest resolution is 3264x2448. Printed at 72 dpi, it can generate a print bigger than 40x30 inches, albeit a bit grainy. Printed at 300 dpi, you can generate 10x8 inch prints.

Again, dpi is a measure of how you print pictures. It has no bearing on how you capture images with your camera.

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They keep telling me that my picture is too big . It is a 4X6 picture on my computer.

More information on exactly what you are trying to do would be helpful... But it sounds like it's a resolution problem. Computer monitors usually display 72 or 96 dpi (Dots Per Inch) Printers usually print out images at 300 or 600 dpi Some newspapers are printed at only 50 dpi Scanners can scan a photo in thousands of dpi...
If your photo is a 4x6 at 300dpi, then when they try to display it in 72dpi, it will display as just a bit larger than a 16x20" image
When you are scanning a photo to email, then make sure that you set your resolution to 72 dpi to display on the screen - or vice versa, if you are going to print something, make sure you scan it at 300dpi
If you have any graphic programs, (Microsoft offers "PowerToys" for Windows XP) you can open the file in that, and usually find a setting for the Image Size that will let you set a new DPI. It's usually ok to lower an image's dpi - but there is a loss of quality anytime you try to add dpi, since you are forcing the computer to "guess" what all those hundreds of dots should look like, and they aren't good at that.

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Want Increase resolution from 72dpi to 200 dpi

increase in dpi will not increase the resolution. dpi = dots per inch for example you have a res of 1024x768 at 72dpi you get a printed image of 14.2x10.6 inch at 300dpi you get a printed image of 3.4x2.5 inch
only thing possible is to interpolate the image. but thats **** in my opinion.

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Why does the FinePix E510 pictures download from the camera at 72 dpi when the camera was set to take 500 megapixel photos? I cannot find any way to adjust this in the finepix manual or in online help. I...

A couple of things - I don't think you mean 500 megapixels (that is a lot!) but I assume you mean you expected a high resolution image. You may have it! The dpi setting is largely irrelevant (for photographers) as it simply relates number of pixels to a (notional) print size. Thus an image that is 3000 pixels wide (say) would print out to 10 inches at 300 dpi (3000/300) or 40 inches (approx) at 72 dpi (3000/72). the image has the same information /resolution - it's just "spread" further on the larger print. You can easily change the nominal dpi in e.g. Photshop Elements but it won't affect your image quality.
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How do I increase the resolution from 72 dpi to 300 dpi on this camera?

You can use a photo editing software on your computer to change the dpi, 

dpi has todo with printing and scaning dpi has no real change in the quality of your camera pictures
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Panasonic DMC-TZ3 72 dpi problem

Sounds like Photoshop's setting, or default setting, is to import picture at its maximum size. If you RESIZE pic on Photoshop, it shoud automatically increase DPI while reducing physical size.

The other thing to be aware, TZ3 defaults to a certain jpg compression. You can minimize compression of data with settings options on TZ3, but I doubt this has anything to do with your PhotoShop issue.

Also, in SIMPLE mode you can select a physical size for photo, even after pic is taken(resize), on camera.

Hopes this helps.

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