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Old Jul 25, 2005, 3:02 PM   #1
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Casual point and shoot userwentstingy on the memory -- 128 mb. I have noticed thatI generally can storeonly approx. 40 pix at the highest quality mode (SHQ/HQ) So, I was wondering which mode I coulddrop down to in order toget great pixel resolution for general purposefamily snap shots up to 8x10 and store morepictures.

Would you recommend1600x1200, SQ1 mode to get more pictures out of my memory?
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 4:38 PM   #2
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Casual point and shoot userwentstingy on the memory -- 128 mb. I have noticed thatI generally can storeonly approx. 40 pix at the highest quality mode (SHQ/HQ) So, I was wondering which mode I coulddrop down to in order toget great pixel resolution for general purposefamily snap shots up to 8x10 and store morepictures.

Would you recommend1600x1200, SQ1 mode to get more pictures out of my memory?

What camera model?

Memory is cheap. I would get a larger card before going with 1600 x 1200 if you want 8x10" prints.

Yes, you can get acceptable quality prints at 8x10" of most subjects at 2 Megapixels. I've got some hanging on the wall now. But, 3 Megapixels provides noticeably higher quality (IMO at least). 2 Megapixels (which is what you'll have with 1600 x 1200) is cutting it a bit close if you plan on doing 8x10's (this works out to150 pixels per inch of detail). You won'thave any room to crop, and you'll need to interpolate using software to prevent pixelation if you try to go any larger than this.

Even without much cropping, 2MP can start to look at bit grainy from some printers. 3MP is better for a print this size.
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My camera is the Olympus 5500, 5 megapixals. I have a choice of at leaset 6 differentquality modes, starting with SHQ.If I go with the highest, however, I'llget only approx. 40 pictures with my 128 mb XD card. I'm acasual, point and shoot user, making 4x6 and possibly8x10 pictures with minimal cropping, and want to maximize my card while still getting great quality.What would you recommend I use. --SHQ/HQ, SQ1--etc?

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If it were me, I'd keep it at the highest resolution (2592x1944) and drop it toHQ versus SHQif my memory card space was getting low.



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I'll check it out -- thanks.
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Jim: keeping it simple,what is the difference between SHQ and HQ when they are both 2592x1944?
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Jim: keeping it simple,what is the difference between SHQ and HQ when they are both 2592x1944?
HQ uses more JPEG Compression

Higher JPEG Compression = Lower Quality = Smaller File Sizes
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You can buy another 128K card for $25, a new 256K for $37

In terms of quality prints, you'll blow more money on the paper and ink...

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I just purchased a 512 Ultra 11 SD card for $39.95 on sale at Circit City. At prices like that you can't go wrong with a larger card.
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