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Old Dec 15, 2003, 2:38 PM   #1
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I am new to that forum. I am looking for a good quality digital camera. I have narrowed to A60 or A70. I know the difference is mp, even though both are the same design and features. So, I would like to know which A60 or A70 is better. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Old Dec 15, 2003, 3:20 PM   #2
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The answer is inside the question. Yes, the main difference between A60 and A70 is megapixels and digital zoom capability (which is personally none of my interest) of A70. And those causes the price gap between them, and decision depends on your expections. Printing in normal photographic size was ok for me, so i decided to go with A60. If you want to print much bigger sized pictures, then you must take A70. It's up to you..
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I also was choosing between the A60 and A70 and eventually got the A70, because I wanted to be able to print A4 size pics and to make VGA videos. If you're not going to crop your photos on a computer and 4x6in prints is enough for you, there is no much sense to spend extra $100 (although it inlcudes extra 8Mb in CF card). In fact, most of the time I go with 1600x1200 resolution and find it quite enough for about everything.
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Hello Iason and Oleg,

Thank you very much for your greatly feedback.

What happens if I crop the photo, that is shot by A60, and print 4x6? Will it look good after crop?
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Depends on how much you crop. You see, 1600x1200 is just enough to print a 4x6 inches photo with 300dpi, which is about the limit for a naked eye, so you get the sharpest picture possible. If you crop it, you will have to print with a lower resolution, and here a lot will depend on your visual acuity, which can vary from person to person. If you try and find, say, 200dpi acceptable, you can crop up to 1/3 of the original image without any inconvenience.
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Hi Oleg. Thank you very much for your help to reply and explain it. To be honest, I do not get a full picture of it very clearly because I am very new to the digital world. So, I guess I better see it with my own eyes. For now, I am exploring in the digital world.
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Hi Poohny. Maybe this will make the picture a bit clearer. Abstracting from the shot quality issues (which is the same for the A60 and A70), the print quality is determined by the print resolution that is measured by dots per inch (dpi) - the more dpi, the sharper the print. As I said, the naked eye can distinguish about 300 dpi. If you print a 4x6 photo, 4x6 x 300dpi = 1200x1800 dots or pixels. This is close to the A60's maximal resolution (1200x1600). Since the A70's maximal resolution is 1536x2048, you have more freedom in composing the image on a computer - you can cut the edges and still have 1200x1800 pixels left for a perfectly sharp print. You don't have this reserve with the A60 - if you cut a part of the image and have, say, 1000x1500 left, you can print 4x6 size photo with resolution 1000x1500 / 4x6 = 250dpi (which will probably still look as sharp). So, the outline: if all you're going to do it to take pictures and print them with 4x6 size, go with the A60. If you think that occasionally you'll want a bigger prints, or edit the images, or the A60's 320x240 video mode is not enough for you and you want 640x480 (which is noticeably better), go with the A70.

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Hello Oleg again,

Wow! You explained it very clearly. Now I got it. Thank you very much for your time to explain it very clearly.
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