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Old Apr 27, 2003, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Assuming you have the memory to always take high-res pics

...I plan to leave my Sony P9 on the full 4-MP Fine setting almost all of the time, just in case I want to print an image. Now, if I decide to use some images for the Web only, and I want to make 800x600 or 1024x768 images, will I lose more quality by Photoshopping them down than I would if I just set the camera to those smaller settings?

Another way to phrase the question: when I set my camera to a low-pixel setting, is it really just taking a 4-MP pic and processing it down immediately? If so, I would think Photoshop would do at least as good a job. Thanks!
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Old Apr 27, 2003, 10:36 PM   #2
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I believe the answer is that you will not "loose" more quality by reducing the picture in photoshop than if you took the picture at the lower resolution. It might take some messing around, but I believe you can get it to look as good or better. Of course, this comes from a photoshop novice... but it only seems to make sense. It should be able to do better averaging during the reduction... and hopefuly reduce the aliasing on edges.
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 6:47 PM   #3
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When you reduce a image and dont change its color properties, you dont loose nothing, you always loose when enlarging.

also when you take a less resolution image, it come out smaller and less defined that at high res, thats my expirience with my camera, a fuji 3800
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