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Old Oct 6, 2010, 10:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by rainums View Post
What do I have to look for in a camera to improve on this softness? Just sample pics? Is there anything on the specs that will point me in the right direction? Is there another camera type without getting very large that doesn't have this problem?
Sample pics are your best bet. As I said, the images from a CMOS-based P&S are typically softer but that doesn't mean that images out of a CCD-based P&S are going to be very sharp either.

More importantly perhaps is finding a camera that allows in-camera adjustment of sharpening. Then again, it won't be used in auto mode. The 2 pics below are at the cameras' default settings, which as you can see are also a bit soft. Sharpness can up another +2 from the default on both cameras.

Here's a pic from my Panasonic ZS7:

... and a pic from my Canon S95:

Disclaimer: I take photos of life rather than live to take photos and my opinions of cameras are reflected accordingly.
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