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Dsc-P72 picture quaility

Just bought one of these cameras and am not that happy with the picture quality. i have the picture quaility on the VGA setting as i find that if i put it to a better quaility than this the files are like over a meg in size which isnt very practical. this camera is 3.2 mega pixsels were my old camera a Kodak DX3600 was only 2.2 mega pixsels and the picture quality from the kodak was far superior. is there other setting that i have missed on it any help is much apreiciated.

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The only thing you missed, unfortunately is the camera you should've bought. The p72 is riddled with problems. Noisy high ISO shots, colours too hot, Vignetting and downright poor quality pictures compared to cameras with less Megapixels. A lot of people swear by them but they are usually people who've never owned any other camera. Those color casts and tinted shots are very offputting to someone with more scope in Digital cameras. I'm not totally condemning the p72 but there are many, many cameras of the same format which leave it for dead. BMW

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