I have a coolpix quality question;
Will my P520 have better image quality if I shoot on on 18MP ,rather than on 8MP ? Or is the the higher MP JUST important for larger blow ups.
I been shooting it on 8MP to match my Nikon 8400...and the 8400 completely,with no problem -BLOWS AWAY THE P520 ON IMAGE QUALITY.
You see - I'm NOT doing blow-ups...
I do email stuff,and mainly just slideshows with music.
Larry(and I'm using a converter on my 8400 !)
Add note ; I went back and checked...on setting up the camera ; I set it to 'fine',rather than 'normal' ...I see that says IMAGE QUALITY.
But still if anyone knows -is there something about using camera on 18MP that will increase clearity/sharpness ?
#1. "RE: I have a coolpix quality question;" | In response to Reply # 0grnzbra Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Tue 25-Jun-13 04:24 PM | edited Thu 27-Jun-13 01:25 PM by grnzbra
The day may come when...
Don't know how easy or difficult it is to switch modes between 8 and 18. However, the day may come when you look at a pic and wish you could really crop it.
When my dog was a pup, he went into a lake and when he came out, he stood with his hind legs in the lake and his front legs on a rock and looked quite regal. Unfortunately, we only had time to grab a pic from where we were standing before he came out of the lake.
Looking at the pic, he was a relatively tiny portion and the lake was everything else. It was a picture of a lake with a dog in it. If we could have blown it up and cropped it, it would have been great. It would have been a picture of a dog in a lake. But it was a 5 megapixel camera and when the pic was blown up and cropped, it was worthless.
My suggestion is to shoot at the highest quality the camera has available. If you need to reduce the size of the file later, fine. You can always do that. If, however, you throw away the detail in the first place, you can't get it back.
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#2. "RE: I have a coolpix quality question;" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 28-Jun-13 11:13 PM
Sorry I'm late ,thank you C.
When I was at the coast ... my friend was running my dog ...about a quarter mile away...
I had a Nikon D5000 with a 1.7x affront it...and gor t to GREATLY crop that shot to joy.
But this is Coolpix...
And believe it or not -
I been into old classic digital cameras !
I have a Coolpix 995 on the way and a Coolpix 5000 that I will most likely win on the bay.
I know what I mostly do;slideshows with music,maybe a computer print here and there...
but ,as you say ...if I want to go larger...
Generally - I set up cameras to do there best.
Happy day to all /Larry
#3. "RE: I have a coolpix quality question;" | In response to Reply # 2grnzbra Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Mon 01-Jul-13 01:46 PM
There are only two downsides that I can think of when using highest quality settings, both of which have to do with file size. If you have only one small memory card, you may find yourself limited to the number of pix when the shot of shots presents itself just after you've filled up your memory card.
Also, if, like me, you do a lot of continuous shooting, your buffer memory will fill up sooner and then you have to wait for the buffer to clear out (which will take longer because it has more to write) before you can continue firing 4 frames per second (or whatever the rate of continuous fire is for your camera).
If I found myself with this problem, I'd get a bigger, faster memory card (or two or three) rather than reduce the picture quality.
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