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Old Apr 4, 2005, 8:37 AM   #1
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After reading many reviews, I recently purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ3 because I wanted an all round easy to use, lightweight, compact camera that would also take great shots of distant objects, such as ships and aircraft. However, when viewing images on my PC, distant objects taken at full optical zoom appear pixellated, as though I am using the digital zoom (which I am not). I am using the largest picture size and fine quality settings. Am I doing something wrong, or should I simply accept this problem with a 3 mp camera?

I am new to this forum and would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Old Apr 4, 2005, 8:55 AM   #2
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After reading many reviews, I recently purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ3 because I wanted an all round easy to use, lightweight, compact camera that would also take great shots of distant objects, such as ships and aircraft. However, when viewing images on my PC, distant objects taken at full optical zoom appear pixellated, as though I am using the digital zoom (which I am not). I am using the largest picture size and fine quality settings. Am I doing something wrong, or should I simply accept this problem with a 3 mp camera?
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That does not sound normal. Full optical zoom pictures should be sharp. You might check to see how your ISO setting are. In my experience some cameras have fuzzy pictures at high levels in low light.
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Welcome to the forum, Phil. Can you post an image demonstrating the problem? Just a portion cropped out will probably be enough. Please give the camera settings.
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Old Apr 4, 2005, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for both replies. I had set my ISO to 100 and it was a fine sunny day. I will post a sample image later when I am on my home PC.

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Here's a cropped out sample to explain what I mean. I took this photo in 'P' mode with the ISO set to 100, cont AF off, digital zoom off, IS mode 2 on. Hope that's enough info for someone to help. Thanks.

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