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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these cards you mention for digital cameras are very very small!
Best thing you can do is purchase a card that is let's say at least 8gb.
this will allow you to take as many pictures as you like on your vacation.
The cards generally sell quite inexpensively at MicroCenter or Fry's, check both if you have them locally.
Most of these cards are SD HD, make sure your camera accepts these. Best thing is to take your camera along and test it right then and there.
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Blurness doesn't happens because of the number of the pixels in the cameras. Is the picture on the computer screen blur/the cameras screen or the lens hole?
I suggest you to set the camera on Automatic station (red camera on the wheel) in day light,try to stay still see how blur the photos are when you are not playing with the parameters. it it's still blurry it could be the pulley block next to the -eyepiece. roll it until it's not blur.
Possibly the shutter release (the "take a picture button") or the mechanism under it is getting stuck down and not coming back up to let you take a second shot.
Try cleaning under there with a can of compressed air. Be careful because the release button is super fragile - looks big but only held on underneath by a tiny stalk about the size of a pin (I know because mine broke off when the camera dropped). Panasonics are light but fragile, others, like Sony, heavier but much more solid.
we're talking milliseconds... my camera takes the picture when i press the trigger and sometimes its so fast that accidentally take the picture before i have focus lock (that my error not the cameras, i just get trigger happy sometimes)