Bought 1st digicam; went to Thailand; took 741 pics; NOW have printing/pixel questions
In Dec. we bought our first digicam - a Fuji FinePix 3800 with one 128MB xD picture card (& Maha charger, of course)- and left for our son's wedding in Thailand the second week of Jan. The camera has totally impressed us (judging from the little LCD size pics). Anticipating picture overload and em-ail/Web based distribution, my husband set the quality mode to the lowest (640x480) for maximum quantity. But there are a handful of photos of the bride & groom that we would like to print and send to the new in-laws in Bangkok. I've read "Getting Started" & "Better Pictures" and some other articles recommended here, but am still somewhat unsure as to the extent of printing from such low res.

Pictures - so any advice on producing some decent prints would be much appreciated. (I understand that they will be small prints)(The Fuji software that came with the camera is very basic. Prior to the digicam, I've used Irfan and an aged version of Corel PhotoHouse that came with my computer to edit and re-touch my scanned 35mm photos - so I am familiar with these programs.)..

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First - save those pictures exactly as they came from the camera with no editing whatsoever. Ideally onto a CDR, or at least change their attribute to read-only. Those are your digital negatives - don't mess with them. If you are familiar with a couple of photo editing software packages, those are the ones to use. There is no magic program that will allow you to print a high-quality, large-size picture from a 640x480 file...

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Thanks, Bill. Have already saved the pics as downloaded from the camera and saved to zip discs - have been playing around with only TIFF copies. I understand that no large size print is possible, but is it possible to get a decent 4x6 (or, wishfully thinking, 5x7) print? Actually, a decent print of any size would be fine to send to Bangkok, since the new in-laws do not own a computer or know how to access e-mail at an Internet cafe...

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There is a good web page on B&H Photo Video's website with a Digital Camera Resoultion Chart for printing your pictures. Link is below (pretty long... may not cut and paste.) If the link doesn't work, go to the site, click on "Product Resources" in the left side navigation toward the bottom, then "Digital Camera Resolution Chart" under Digital Photography. While we're on the subject, B&H is a truly "fair-play" vendor to buy stuff online. I've bought several thousand dollars worth of video and camera gear from them, and while at first their prices may not seem as low as other "online dealers," they don't sell grey market gear without US Warranties, or force you to buy normally included accessories (like AC adapter/power supplies or batteries) with enormous mark-ups, or rape you on shipping costs like most of the other dealers listed in the back of the camera mags will. I've never been sorry I did business with them, and their selection is amazing...

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The B&H chart Ron Hoeltge referenced looks reasonable to me - I don't consider prints larger than 5x7" from my 3Mp camera to be photo quality, though an 8x10 is still pretty good. The largest size that can be printed depends on many things: the most important of those is "the eye of the beholder" so no one can really answer your question. Try it and find out is the best advice I can give...

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Ronni, I'm sorry to say, shooting at VGA size is really not going to get you anything very good beyond 4x3 inches. At that size, your images will have a density of 160ppi, which is really the bare minimum for printed image quality. Give your husband a quick kick, and always shoot at the highest pixel density and preferably at the highest image quality, though the second level of image quality is acceptable. Not to belabor the point, but you didn't buy an expensive $300+ digicam in order to get the size and quality of images that a webcam can provide for less than $50, right? Of course, that means fewer pics on your xD card, but you can always buy more cards. The other thing I would point out is that you should be RUTHLESS in pruning your images while travelling. Throw out the bad ones, the out-of-focus ones, and all the redundant ones, and you'll make more space for only your keepers.

The other thought is that you were in Bangkok, and presumably connected thru HongKong or Tokyo. You could have popped into a photostore and tried to get them to transfer the images from xD to a CDR. Many of the Fuji Frontier photofinishers have this capability, freeing up your cam's memory card for more pics...

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