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Best picture size to use

I'm a new digital camera user and recently bought an FZ5. I plan on using the FZ5 on an upcoming 2 week vacation and have some questions about the best picture size to use. Other than the obvious differences in the number of pictures that I can store on my memory cards, if I will be getting mostly 4x6 prints is there an advantage to using 1600x1200 pixels over 2560x1920 pixels? If I want to print a few of the pictures 5x7 or 8x10 would I be better off always using the 2560x1920 setting. Does using the higher setting degarde the quality of 4x6 prints? These may be simple and obvious questions to most of you but I'm a rookie in the digital world so any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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Re: 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 :)

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