View Full Version : Digital Camera question - prints from 1.3 megapixel?
03-25-2004, 12:37 PM
Some elves or something ran away with mine and DH's regular camera, and we can't find it anywhere. We leave for Scotland in 4 days, and we are planning to take his office's digital camera with us (with office manager's permission). I am concerned, though... it's an older model, only 1.3 megapixels, and I am worried that when it comes time to make prints that we won't be happy with them! But I don't know enough about digital cameras to know for sure... any thoughts?
03-25-2004, 12:55 PM
I don't know if this helps, but I just did a quick web search for 1.3 megapixel cameras and found this review of a camera on the market in 2001:
"1.3 megapixel delivers up to 1,280 x 960-pixel photos. (Good for up to 4 x 6-inch prints.)"
Certainly all cameras have different qualities even in the same pixel range. I guess I would be concerned about the prints; they may not even live up to the above standards.
Is there a manual with the camera that may discuss print quality?
03-25-2004, 12:59 PM
Borrow the digital and buy disposable cameras and keep them in your carry on luggage. You can both have cameras and take pics this way. Have fun!
03-25-2004, 01:01 PM
Our first digital was a 2. something and I wasn't super thrilled with the print out quality with it..especially if you want to crop down the picture. If you keep the entire picture and just print to fit the page (for example 2 4x6 on one page), then it was a little better but still grainier than say a 35 mm.
We now have a 4. something and it's a gigantic difference with a lot more options. If you are interested Rebecca, I can find some pics on my site that were done with the older camera. I would say it's better than nothing...the great thing with the digitals is you can see whether the pic is good and if you want to retake it before committing it to print :D
Make sure you have an extra memory chip with you unless you have a laptop to upload pictures to.
I think that's about what we get as stills on our movie camera. They are adequate to tell what something is, but they aren't great photos. When do you leave? Is replacing the camera out of the picture?
03-25-2004, 01:09 PM
I'd buy the new disposables with the 800 speed film. I think you will be very disappointed with the pics from the 1.3
03-25-2004, 01:17 PM
or splurge on this..it's a beaut!
it came out right after we bought the version under it...we are still thrilled with the photo quality and the pics are huge for having graphic fun. Also the mini cds hold more, are so easy to store and you can write over them :D
03-25-2004, 01:30 PM
I just bought a new 5.0 pixel camera, but my old one was 1.3 Olympia and I was perfectly happy with the quality of the prints at the 4x6 level. It is when you try to blow them up any larger that you have problems. I would also be concerned about the size of the smart card or whatever type of media the camera uses. If the card is a small megabite, it will only hold a few pictures at the highest quality and that is what I would advise you to use. I would take along a 35 mm or buy disposable if you are worried. You don't want to have to miss shots because the cards are full or delete pictures once it is full to make room for more.
03-26-2004, 07:27 PM
i needed to use my moms digi camera to take a picture but its kind of old so i went to ole wally-world to get some info on how many megapixels we needed for an 8x10. the info i got said that for a good 4x6 you need 1 megapixel, for a good 6x8 (not sure of the dimension exactly for this) that you'd need 2 megapixels, and for a good 8x10 you'd need 3 megapixels. hope this helps!
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