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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default 4 X 6 photos on A75?

The vast majority of my digital photo printing is 4X6 prints. One of the things I really liked about my old Nikon CoolPix 990 was the 3:2 mode...which created digital photo files that reduced to 4X6 size without trimming.

I thought I was getting this capability when I purchased the Canon A75. It advertizes "postcard" as a 4X6 size...but I haven't been able to achieve 4X6 size prints without considerable trimming...in any mode. Am I missing something?
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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:52 AM   #2
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(from the Function menu):
Drive Mode - Single frame, 2 or 10 sec self-timer
Image Resolution 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480, Postcard(1600x1200) this is a special 3:2 ratio mode for making 4x6 in. prints.
Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
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Old Apr 10, 2004, 10:19 AM   #3
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Thanks Dave...but I've tried that... (that's what the manual says to do). Have you successfully used this setting on your A75 to get 4X6 sized output? [/quote]
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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:15 PM   #4
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Tried Dave's advise again...no luck. Reduces to 4.5X6...requiring trimming.

Also...in the postcard mode, you have no choice as to compression (SuperFine, Fine or Normal)....you are automatically put in the middle range (Fine).


Are others experiencing this problem with this camera?
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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:18 PM   #5
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Does the camera not have a 4x6 shooting size, just a 2:3 ratio?
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Old Apr 10, 2004, 1:00 PM   #6
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I have concluded finally that this is gimmickry on the part of Canon.... and I'm NOT happy about it. Their postcard mode doesn't alter the size of the file itself to 4X6 proportions at all.

From the manal: "When you press the shutter button halfway, the area that will not get printed grays out". This does occur...(graying out a small portion at the top and bottom of the photo image in the LCD in landscape mode). As near as I can figure out, all this does is tell you what the image will look like AFTER you crop it! (or what their printers will automatically crop when printing 4X6 photos).

I think this is deceptive on Canon's part... and I'm very disappointed.... I'm surprised Steve's review didn't catch this...it would have made a difference in my choice of camera.
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 6:01 AM   #7
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The manual says that the size in this mode is 1600x1200, which is not 3:2, but 4:3, so I didn't quite get why they called it 'photocard'. But they plainly stated that it's 1600x1200, so this is not exactly deceit. I agree though that they should've worded it differently.
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