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Megapixels, Print Size, And Shutter Lag  
User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

I am thinking about getting a new digital camera to replace my N90s, but have some questions about megapixels and final print size. I currently have a 2.11 megapixel digital camera, which equals 1600X1200 resolution pictures. I figure that this can make good 4X6 and 5X7 shots. I have read that a 2.11MP camera can make 8X10 shots that will look decent from behind a glass frame. But what I am wondering is how big of a print can I make from a camera that is 4MP (Canon G2) or 5MP (coolpix 5000, F707). I would appreciate any advice especially from owners of the above mentioned cameras. Also, one thing I dislike about my powershot s110 is the lag between the time when I press the shutter release button and when it actually takes the pic. This would make it a very impractical camera for takeoff and approach shots. Do the cameras I am looking at i.e. the G2, coolpix 5000, or F707 have a noticable lag. I have read reviews but most do not mention the lag time, especially with respect to taking action photos. Thanks.

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User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

surely someone here has dealt with these issues????

User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

I read a review in a magazine about the G2 and F707 but I can't remember which one. Maybe Amaeture Photographer. Basically, what they said was that these new models improve on the lag time of previous models, but are still not as fast as conventional cameras.

I suggest that you go and test one for yourself to find out whether the lag is acceptable or not. Try it in differnet modes etc. The size/compression settings will affect the lag time.

Hope this helps!



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User currently offlineRindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Replacing an F90x (N90s) for a digi...  Nuts

-Rob



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User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Sorry didnt see your original posting.

Both the G2 and the 707 are similar. I have the F707 which is great fun.

To be honest I notice NO shutter lag time. The Autofocus on the F707 is superb. 10 out of 10 to Sony. Havent had a out of focus shot yet!

I would say go for the 707 is has some neat features that the G2 dosen't.

Colin


User currently offlinePeachair From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 366 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

I ditto Colin's statement. I have a new F707 and it is a superb camera. So easy to use and the quality is absolutely outstanding. Just look at some of his shots.

I got fed up with buying film, trying to use a film scanner and not ever getting the results I wanted. This Sony F707 is the best digital camaera I have seen yet (short of getting a D1X) for under a grand.

You can really do a lot with it. It has settings on it that are similar to regular film cameras, so it is really easy to use. I am looking for a good teleconverter for it.

The F707 is your camera - GO GET IT!


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 731 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

With regard to required megapixels ... for quality publications, a resolution of 300 dpi is considered the norm. This works out as 7.2 megapixels for an 8x10 print. Personally, I find 240 dpi the optimum res. on my Epson 890 (i.e I see no improvment at higher resolutions). This works out at 4.6 megapixels. A print a 200 dpi is, on close inspection, inferior to the 240 dpi version, but I doubt the difference could be noticed at a comfortable viewing distance. So I'd say you could get a decent 8x10 print from around 3.2 megapixels.

Having said that, the nature of a digital image combined with various photo enhancement controls in the printer driver mean you may find prints acceptable at lower resolutions - you'll need to see examples and decide what is acceptable to you.

But note that the 8x10 format maps rather poorly to the actual image size, which scales up to something more like 7x11, so if you want prints of exactly 8x10, you will have to do some cropping, so some of your pixels are gonna be wasted.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineTonimr From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 325 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

Hi:

I have an F100, an F70 and a Digital Coolpix 990...

I love what the digital is adding to my way of taking pictures, and when a decent but feasible digital nikon mount SLR goes to the market I will try to get one. But If I had an F90x (N90s) I wouldn't substitute it for a digital camera. Not now. Even if I had a 6MP D1X, I don't think I would retire the film equipment...

Why don't you buy the digital and keep the F90? just my opinion

Anyway you can visit http://www.dpreview.com that has, in my opinion, the best digital photography information resources...

Toni




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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Cabbot, I was just reading your profile and it says

"Im a digital Sony S70 camera"

You really do take your hobby to far!

LGW


User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Thanks LGW i have updated my profile now. Have a look.

User currently offlineTonimr From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 325 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Cabbot:

You may have a BIG memory stick! Big grin

Toni



There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.
User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Anybody use the Minolta D5 or D7 for aviation pictures?
D5 is 3.3mp and the D7 5.0mp so the results should be good.



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