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Old Oct 13, 2004, 12:19 PM   #1
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Is it really true that with digicams, you get best results when you take pictures one resolution below the highest available? For example if you had a 5 megapixel camera, you'll get better stills at 4 megapixels? I read this somewhere and I'm curious if this theory is actually valid.
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 1:06 PM   #2
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I have never heard of anything like this and I am certainly no expert (as you can tell by my posts), but I can't imagine that it could be true. For example, if you had a 2mp camera, it would not make sense to take a picture at 1mp. I say this because my first digital camera was a 1mp Kodak DC215 and while it took "acceptable" pictures, I always wished for more mp. This may not hold true when you get up to the 5, 6, or 8 mp range.

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 1:21 PM   #3
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i guess it would depend on wat you mean by "better results"

you won't get as much resolution, but you get less noise...maybe?

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 1:52 PM   #4
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The question is how the camera arrives at the lower resolution picture...assuming it uses the whole imager matrix and resamples, a lower resolution picture can look better only because there's less information. It's like when you look at a poor quality picture on the camera's monitor vs. looking at it on a 19" monitor or print it out to the maximum size...defects aren't as noticable at the lower resolution, but it's a trick since there's less information, and anything like hot pixels gets blended in with the picture.
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