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Old Aug 18, 2009, 5:01 PM   #11
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Personally, I wouldn't worry about it unless you plan on printing at very large sizes.

If you want to clean them up, try some of these utilities:

Noise Ninja

Noiseware

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Old Aug 19, 2009, 2:02 PM   #12
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I downloaded the manual from Panasonic's website and there is no Pict Adjustment settings. I guess it's because there is no manual mode. Thus, you are stuck with the internal settings determined by Panasonic. In any case, there is also a possibility that your camera is defective as I haven't seen images this bad taken with it. If I were you, I'd go for a replacement unit (if you still can) or return it altogether and consider something else. The Canon SX200 IS is a good alternative. With the exception of a poorly designed flash operation (flash always pops up whether you wish to use it or not), the camera offers all sorts of manual controls and I find the ergonomics to be a bit better as well. Just a suggestion!
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Old Aug 19, 2009, 5:27 PM   #13
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There're two settings that could be affecting your picks:

1. Picture size.
2. Quality.

Try the best of both.
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Old Aug 20, 2009, 11:46 AM   #14
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Picture size was maximum.... and quality=????? I'm trying to improve the quality... that's why I'm here! The detail is at maximum... not sure what else I can do. I think I'm gonna return the camera tonight, possibly giving another one a try.. perhaps it wont have this issue. if not... I'm not sure what I'll do.

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Old Aug 20, 2009, 1:52 PM   #15
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I believe Ordo was talking about the JPEG compression when he said quality. The size is the amount of MP (I'm not sure about the ZS3 but most cameras will let you choose from a number of different MP you can set up the camera to. They mostly affect the image size. Then there is the JPEG compression rate. Some cameras offer two rates while others offer three. Again, this will impact the image size but most importantly, it will affect image quality. You should always use "fine" (again, if the camera model offers this setting).
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Old Aug 20, 2009, 2:18 PM   #16
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Page 1 of REC Menu in Normal Mode shows these first two settings:

Picture size.
Quality.

Just a try.
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perhaps, this is relevant to your interests

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-expected.html
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Old Aug 20, 2009, 6:27 PM   #18
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Yup, I used the highest size 9mp 16X9, and my choices for "quality" are fine or normal.... I used fine. cant go higher than those settings. Again, Im here to see what else I can do as something seems off.

Thanks to the other posters... I'll let you know if the replacement camera is any better tonight.

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Please do. I'm curious as to whether you've got a lemon or the ZS3 is not what it appears to be. I can tell you that at the moment, I have dropped it from my wish list.
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I agree that Panasonic's compacts have poor noise performance even at base ISO.
Unlike their camcorders which beats most others, including Canon's, hands down.
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