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Old Dec 6, 2008, 9:44 AM   #1
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I've recently purchased a FZ28. It has an option to lower resolution. Most of pictures are viewed and not printed and if printed never larger then 5x7. I do zoom and crop occasionally. Should I lower the resolution to 7mp? Would I gain or lose anything on picture quality?
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Old Dec 6, 2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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Printing no larger than 5x7 you would not lose much in terms of resolution that one could see. In fact, a 5x7 from a 2mp camera would look just as good. I have the FZ1v2 the first Pana UZ (ultrazoom). I still have it due to its ability to take infrared pictures.

If you lowered it to its lowest setting in MP terms you could still get a decent 5x7. Cropping down to 1600x1200 would still yield good results. Lower than that, you may have some noticeable resolution problems for the best possible print.
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Old Dec 6, 2008, 10:06 AM   #3
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My experience is if you are not going to make big prints, lower resolution should suffice. I have made good 8x10 photos with my FZ3 - 3 mp camera. It does not make much difference. However, for on-screen viewing, particularly with zooming, you need higher resolution.
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Years ago there used to be an old saying that went something like this:

You bought that camera for the great photos it can take. To use less than the camera's maximum effort, you are depriving the camera and yourself of the combined ability to get the very best photos.

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