Quick Lesson on dimension
I bought the PowerShot S5 IS, didn't like it. After 6 months, I'm trying it again. Obviously it's a great camera, I just don't know how to use it. I took some pictures, with dimensions of 640x480, when I printed these, they were horrible. I have now taken new pictures (and yet to print them) and this is the first thing I've noticed that is different - they are 2048x1536..

I'm not trying to be a photographer, but would like decent quality family and vacation photos. Most don't get printed, but when I do print, I want good quality. I have much to learn, but for now, am I on the right track for what I didn't like the first go round of pictures? They were not large enough to get a good quality 4x6 print?.

Feel free to point me in the right direction. I'm still reading the manual, but it's not exactly easy to understand, if this is a new area. I can read through the forum more, I just have pretty specific questions. Easy book available? Let me know...

Comments (7)

There is indeed a relationship between image (pixels per inch) resolution and printing (dots per inch). The following link is based on adjusting PPI in Photoshop, but the concepts are true regardless of software:.


Comment #1

Your first lesson with digital cameras:- Use the highest available resolution!.

You have to read the advanced manual and you can find at page 38 how to change the resolution. Use L size and Fine or Superfine compression. The resolution is 3264x2448 pixels. You have used the S size (the worst for printing). Now you have set the resolution to M2 which is OK for 7x5" prints.I have very good prints from 2816x2112 pixels up to A4 (30x20 cm) from Canon S3..

If you don't have available the manual just press Func button and scroll to the last item in the menu and change to L. Then press the Set button to change the compression level to Fine or Superfine..

The Canon cameras really don't have the need for a manual because they are very intuitive.Don't blame a camera for your error.VictorBucuresti, Romania

Comment #2

Okay - thank you for the link - it let's me know I'm on the right track. That was exactly my problem, beautiful online - terrible prints. I have two weeks to figure this thing out - if you have anything else for me, I'd appreciate it!..

Comment #3

You're absolutely right - user error. Quick question, if I don't plan on printing larger than 5x7, I should still use the highest recording pixels? According to the book, I'm seeing 3264x2448. Does this give me better results always or just most possiblity?..

Comment #4

JillGa wrote:.

You're absolutely right - user error. Quick question, if I don'tplan on printing larger than 5x7, I should still use the highestrecording pixels? According to the book, I'm seeing 3264x2448. Doesthis give me better results always or just most possiblity?.

If storage isn't limiting you, there is no reason to shoot smaller. You can't adjust resolution up afterwards, but it's easy to downscale for the web. Pictures and moments only happen once ..

Comment #5

Even if you don't plan to print larger than 7x5" it's always better to use the native resolution of the sensor. The other are just resized versions of the same image. You can always reduce the size of the images with a little degradation but upsizing is quite limited and with much more degradation.VictorBucuresti, Romania

Comment #6

You must use the max resolution of 3264x2448 i.e the "L" setting otherwise you might as well be using the camera in your phone. What is the point in paying for 8 Mpixels if you are not going to use them?.

Your shots at 640 x 480 were taken using 0.3 Mpixels!.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.


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