Fuji S500: What resolution setting?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Luke Webber, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Luke Webber

    Luke Webber Guest


    I'm just on the verge of buying my first digital, and it looks like
    it'll be an S5000. I've been doing a lot of research, but I wonder if I
    could ask the S5000 users in this group to tell me one thing...

    What resolution do you generally prefer to use?

    I suspect the answer for most will be 3MP, but I wonder if there aren't
    some purists who lean toward 6MP RAW and do their compression with a
    more forgiving application than the extreme in-device compression of the

    I'm really only a snapper at present, so 3MP will probably be ample for
    most of my needs, but I suspect this camera will bring out the
    enthusiast in me, which is why I'm looking at prosumer devices.

    Luke Webber, Jul 26, 2004
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    Kirk Davison Guest

    I use the 3 mp setting and have been blown away with the results. I have a
    11x14 that looks like it was done with film. I have heard all the bad about
    the compression in the camera but have no complaint with it at all.
    Kirk Davison, Jul 26, 2004
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    Helge Olsen Guest

    I use RAW and Photoshop CS Camera Raw or FUJI Rawconverter EX. Both generate
    pleasing results. More detail and noise in CS, a bit softer but virtually
    noise free in EX.

    Good luck with your new camera. And see http://www.s5000.net for great info
    about the camera. Make sure to browse the forums as well!

    Helge Olsen, Jul 26, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    RAW is a bit of a chore to use and is probably overkill for you at this
    point in your new adventure .
    But if you paid for 6 MP, why not use 6MP at best quality .jpeg.
    The only penalty is memory and that is not a real issue anymore.
    The 6 MP mode will allow you to make larger prints if you ever want them
    and even more importantly, will allow you to crop tiny parts of your
    original image and still get a nice sharp print.
    One man's opinion.....Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Jul 26, 2004
  5. Luke Webber

    Luke Webber Guest

    Sounds good. The camera bundle I've arranged comes with a 128MB XD card,
    but I plan to grab an additional 256MB very shortly. Given my history
    with film, the 128MB card should hold about three months worth of shots
    at 6MP. But I strongly suspect that my usage pattern is about to change

    In any case, I'm in the habit of carrying a notebook computer around
    with me for much of the time, so the problem of storage isn't likely to
    be urgent.

    I daresay I've let myself become unduly alarmed by one review which
    identified the extreme JPEG compression of the S5000 as a potential
    problem. Undoubtedly I'll form my own opinions as to the best solution
    for me after a few weeks of use.

    Thanks Bob, and thanks also to the others who responded to my question.

    Luke Webber, Jul 26, 2004
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    Helge Olsen Guest

    Almost all reviews I saw of this camera did complain about excessive jpeg
    compression and noisy images. The jpeg compression problem is real, but is
    not as big as suggested. The solution here is to use RAW. The noise problem
    is also real, but I do think that part of it is actually not noise, but
    rather jpeg artifacts. Again, RAW helps a lot, especially if you use Fuji
    RAW converter EX (not supplied with the camera, but can be found on the net
    and is free).
    My experience is that as you get to know the camera you will get a feel for
    how to avoid the noise problems. Always use ISO 200 and put the camera on a
    tripod when shutter times make it impossible to hand hold. As I said
    earlier, I always shoot RAW, and the capability to do so was one of the main
    reasons I chose this camera along with big zoom and a very low price. A 128
    mb card will hold 18 pics, 256 will hold 37. I have a 512 card which holds
    75 and that is more than good for me :)

    Helge Olsen, Jul 26, 2004
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