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Matsquimac Apr 5, 2003 11:30 PM

Is it normal that a laptop view is superior to the print?
Just got my first prints from my new Canon A70. The prints were disappointing, with a little too much softness. When I downloaded to my laptop, they appeared much sharper.

The prints were made at Walmart where they read off my Compact Flash card.

I was ready to try another camera when I saw the prints, but after viewing the same pics on my laptop, I'm not so sure.

Can any one shed any light on this?


thedon Apr 5, 2003 11:58 PM

are you viewing the picture at actual size because if its set to your laptop screen size it will obviously look better than it really is. a 3mp pic should be quite a bit larger than your screen

Matsquimac Apr 6, 2003 12:08 AM

Thanks, but I don't follow
The image on my laptop is 5 x 7, and the print is 4 x 6. The laptop view is sharper. Should the sharpness not decrease with an increase in size?

Sorry if I'm not getting it, i'm very new to digital cameras.

Thanks for your input.


rych26 Apr 7, 2003 11:37 AM

One simple check might be to take one of the files to another source and have them print it...

A different store, Shutterfly on the web, or a friend with a photoprinter...see what you get...

Maybe Wal-Mart is having a problem.

Good luck.

digcamfan Apr 7, 2003 12:36 PM

Hi Matsquimac,

Just curious, how do they print on your printer?

What printer do you have?


voxmagna Apr 7, 2003 2:28 PM

Maybe Walmart who service a lot of 1-2Mpix point and shoot kiddies have down sampled your images to get higher throughput?

You said what physical size your pic was, but you didn't say what resolution you shot it at. A 640X480 1/2 meg pix image can look OK on a VGA screen!

Matsquimac Apr 8, 2003 12:00 AM

Still frustrated with my canon A70
I shot the pics at 2048 x 1536.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to a photo quality printer.

I will give Walmart a call to see how they produce the pics, but more and more, I am thinking that this camera has problems with focus.

Is there a better camera out there?

I had a Kodak 4330 and returned it because the flimsy lens cap was just to cheap and irritating. Now this. I'm a little frustrated. Maybe I'm expecting too much from a digital camera.

Any comments would be appreciated.


voxmagna Apr 8, 2003 6:59 AM



more and more, I am thinking that this camera has problems with focus.
3Mpix should be plenty, are your JPEG file sizes about 1.2Mbyte? I've had 6x41/2's printed and they were as sharp as film.

If you shoot some distant scenes in daylight, try zooming 300-400X on detail using your editor. Check your EXIF data for any focus or blur (slow shutter) warnings. If you have a RAW or uncompressed mode, do the focus test on this. Some people select high compression for more pics, and think JPEG artefacts and contouring are a focus problem, when they aren't.

Matsquimac Apr 8, 2003 9:34 PM

Anything better than the Canon A70 in the price range?
Enlarging to test the focus is a great idea. Many images were sharp even when enlarged.

Some were not, and I'm not sure why. Lower light, even a cloudy day, seem to reduce the possibility of sharp focus. For the point and shoot crowd, this will be a little frustrating.

The A70 has such a very nice set of features, I may choose to put up with the occasionally erratic focus, unless I can find something better in the next few weeks.


tabasco Apr 9, 2003 1:10 PM

remember that the print detail far surpasses the laptop. Just like even though the camera lcd shows the photo focused, the print will show the little bit off. Laptops are especially bad, in comparisson to monitors.

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