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  •  heh, good advice and first thing I did...but (7+ / 0-)

    and there's always a big but....

    this camera and OD's have huge 3-5mb picture sizes, so pixels to burn baby burn.

    And then I blow it up in my computer and crop and post it here...now shrunk and cropped...and I get a picture about as good as my first camera but posted here online instead of home.

    So I turned it back on and am going to go take a piture of something and see...

    So...that good advice back with 1-2mb cameras and 3x zooms a 650kb picture size: it's good advice in that you can't then really zoom it on the computer...but now...we will see...tho probably won't help...after I get back to the computer I can blow up a 18x zoom about...handheld or braced, about 100%, it says , before it quickly gets too rude to look at...so...an experiment

    Maybe tomorrow....

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Thu May 16, 2013 at 07:30:06 PM PDT

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    •  Pixels to burn, and burn them you will, (4+ / 0-)

      the instant you cross the optical/digital threshold, where-ever that is on your camera. It's true that a five MP sensor will give you higher resolution photos than a two MP sensor so your camera may (or may not) take better digitally zoomed pictures than one with two MPs but that's only because the original picture was higher quality to begin with. Once you start digital zooming, your image quality will degrade, no matter how many megapixels you have to work with, exactly what would happen if you did it afterwords, with some photo editing software. I know I'm repeating myself but the point I'm trying to make is that almost any editing software can do exactly the same thing, so there is no reason to use digital zoom. Do yourself a favor and turn it off.  Once you take a picture while in digital zoom, you can't then fix it, on or off the camera. Take your pics using optical zoom only and then if you want to make it bigger for some reason, you can do it quite easily later when you have it on the computer, where you will be able to see the end results better and make adjustments, plus, you can save your higher quality original as is if you want. Me, I'll take a smaller but sharper image over a larger fuzzier one every time.

      I'm not trying to argue with you KB, but I'd hate to watch others make the same mistake I did when I bought my first digital camera. I got burned, heh, fried to a crisp actually.  After realizing it, I did a ton of research before buying my second one and that's what everyone should do, but not everyone does, and the camera manufacturers know that, which is why so many of them hype up the digital zoom power of their cameras. It sells cameras.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:02:20 AM PDT

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