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Old Jun 24, 2004, 12:29 AM   #1
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How does everybody feel about the level of noise the
8080 exhibits? I've have my 8080 for less than a week
and have taken nearly a thousand pics with it, of
various subjects from landscapes to buildings to close
up flowers to people to my cat, as well as statuary
and night shots.

My assessment to this point is that for near subjects
when the focus is just right, the detail and sharpness
is spot on. Especially with the hairs on my cat's face.
Same with objects that are relatively close, say within
a few feet or maybe a stone's throw.
Night shots are excellent, though you see noise up

My main problem is with landscape shots, of buildings
and objects far off. They seem very fuzzy and not very
sharp, although there is detail, and I have trouble getting
them into focus. This is apparent upon
blowing them up to 100%. Also, people at a distance
are also fuzzy. I've used the landscape setting, which
has helped, but there's still obvious noise. Ditto
with the apeture at f8 and a lower shutter speed
(1/100 or less) Or maybe I'm just too picky when I'm
looking at it at 100%; 6x4 prints come out great and
even a 13x19 print I made was impressive. I never
minded the noise on my Olympus 4000, or rather at
least I could fix it and at any rate that was a
cheaper camera. I guess maybe I expect more at this
price. I'm still waffling on switching to the Canon
Digital Rebel.

Anybody have advise for taking landscape shots that will create sharp images "out of the camera"? (ie, not having to go and do it with software afterward.)
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 5:02 PM   #2
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The noise bothers me since my experience with the 8080 is just the opposite. Shooting at iso 200 I find it extremely difficult to see much in the way of noise. Even iso 400 has produced acceptable results a great majority of the time. For landscapes I would suggest you try aperture priority mode. Set the aperture to F8 and if you are zoomed in much and the shutter speed is less than 1/200th of a second try using a tripod. If after that you still find the pictures soft it's possible you may have a defective camera.
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 1:30 AM   #3
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YES .....NIT PICKY.......SORRY.....
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Old Jul 18, 2004, 4:31 PM   #4
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You might want to play around with the "sharpness" setting by rolling it off a stop or so. On the 5060 it is in the set-up menu. Just a thought.
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Old Jul 18, 2004, 5:54 PM   #5
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Many people have found that doing a pixel mapping really cleans up the picture...take a few long exposures (16 seconds) to warm up the CCD, and then pixel map a few times.
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Old Aug 4, 2004, 5:00 PM   #6
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Mikefellh: Would that be a one time-thing necessity or a regular setup before each photo session ?
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I believe that the manual sez to perform the mapping once a year.
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