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Old Jun 27, 2005, 5:53 PM   #1
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I have read that it is always better to set your camera to the highest resolution. This makes sense to me if you are going to print a 8X10 or crop and enlarge a picture. If I set my camera to its highest resolution which is 2592X1944, this creates about a 2M file. If I'm taking a picture that I know I will be attaching to an email, do I get a better picture by setting the camera to the highest resolution and then resizing it to 640X480 with software or just setting the resolution to 640X480 to start with?
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Old Jun 27, 2005, 6:21 PM   #2
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I almost always shoot at best quality and size. But there are times when a smaller shot is appropriate. Like when you are absolutely sure you aren't going to get a shot you want to keep.

My mother in law starts looking at Florida condos every time it gets really cold in New York. I have to go over and take a few dozen shots to e-mail to her. I absolutely know I will have no use for the things after I send them and the camera cycles a lot faster with the smaller shots.

Another time I use smaller size is when I am doing a Pixaround 360 – the kind you can use your mouse to navigate around in. Maximum height is 800 pixels for one of those and I shoot with the camera held vertically. So I shoot at the lower resolution to cut the stitching time.

If you are on vacation and don't have any way to store the images other than the memory card I think I would prefer to go down a notch in quality and keep the full resolution. That probably varies from camera to camera.

But I think one would be sorry they skimped on resolution if they got a shot they really liked.

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Old Jun 27, 2005, 6:43 PM   #3
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I also shoot at high resolution, you can downsize images for email but you cannot restore detail that is not there. If I absolutely know that the image will never be used for anything but email I will shoot at low resolution, but I am usually afraid of missing out on a great image by shooting this way.

As for travelling, if you must deal with limited memory space keep the resolution at 2MP (1600 X 1200) or higher since this will still yield excellent 4" X 6" prints and give acceptable 8" X 10" (viewed at normal distance). Anything lower is not very useful for prints.

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