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Old Apr 9, 2005, 2:24 PM   #1
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Can someone tell me more about the oversharpening that some reviews talk about with the FZ5? Is this a significant problem? I would like to purchase this camera for my vacation trip, and I was holding off after hearing that? I plan on printing most photos the standard 4x6 size. Does anyone have some thoughts on the shrpening issue?

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Old Apr 9, 2005, 9:09 PM   #2
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Can someone tell me more about the oversharpening that some reviews talk about with the FZ5? Is this a significant problem? I would like to purchase this camera for my vacation trip, and I was holding off after hearing that? I plan on printing most photos the standard 4x6 size. Does anyone have some thoughts on the shrpening issue?

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I don't think it is a significant problem at all. On the FZ3 (and I think also the FZ5) the "Natural" setting gives (as shown in the EXIF data) "Saturation - low", "Sharpness - soft"; while "Standard" (the factory default setting) gives "Saturation - normal", "Sharpness - normal"; and "Vivid" gives "Saturation - high, Sharpness - hard". In DPReview's comment on oversharpening, it goes on to say this is something that can't be fixed, whereas just by using the "natural" setting I think it can be. It certainly helps with the FZ3. None of the reviewers seem to test out the settings of the picture adjust function at all in their reviews. They simply use the default setting, which is "Standard", and that gives more sharpening than the "Natural" setting.
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Old Apr 9, 2005, 9:18 PM   #3
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I don't think it's problem from what I've seen. Won't have an effect on 4x6 prints.
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Old Apr 9, 2005, 10:13 PM   #4
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The only bad thing about oversharpening is that it's irreversable. You can't really correct it in Photoshop. Ironically, prints can stand more sharpening than photos for web viewing. That's the idea behind SW like Nic Sharpener. It has two settings, one for the web, one for prints. The "print" settings look way oversharpened on your monitor.

That said - to echo Nooner, simply stick to the camera's "Natural" setting which provides the least amount of saturation and sharpness.
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