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Old Nov 19, 2004, 6:51 PM   #1
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My sister has an HP 618, and is having some problems (keep reading). Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks!!!

Dear photoworks: We received our pictures yesterday, our first time ordering real prints for our 2000 digital camera. While the quality of your prints is good, not "grainy" or anything, we are horrified to find that pictures which look perfectly OK in our photo printing software are actually over-cropped, so heads or bodies are cut off! We think this affects DOZENS of our photos. We think somehow the software (HP Photo Printing Version (August 2000)) is deceptive & defective. Do you have any advice? ... What is your experience with HP Photo software that came with our HP 618 Camera?
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Old Dec 10, 2004, 12:34 AM   #2
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Hello. I've had a 618 since may 2001. Don't know what version, but have taken over 7400 pics, and have never had a problem with printing. Great camera.
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Old Dec 13, 2004, 5:34 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like the old and familiar song heard from many digicam owners that are printing 4x6" photos from their pictures. Most digicams use a 4:3 aspect ratio which is a perfect fit for the standard computer screen resolutions. It is -not- the proper aspect ratio for 4x6" prints however, these are 3:2 ratio so printing a 4:3 ratio image on 3:2 ratio size prints is always going to mean that cropping is necessary.

The aspect ratio is the ratioofimage heightand theimage width. So you can see that a 4x6" print requires a 3:2 ratio for no cropping to be involved.

Many digicams have a specific 3:2 image size mode - and many don't. If your camera does not have it and you intend to print 4x6" prints then be sure to leave extra room in your picture at top and bottom when framing them, especially if you use the color LCD to frame the picture. Most optical viewfinders only show about 85% of what they capture but the color LCD is usually closer to 100% frame coverage.
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Old Dec 13, 2004, 6:47 PM   #4
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To expand on what Steve said, here is the result when you extract a 4 X 6 (3:2 ratio) from a normal 4:3 digital image:

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