Kodak Quality settings?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by certsnsearches, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Is there anything to be gained from leaving the quality set at the very
    highest ,
    in my case Best XXX (4MP) where I intend to print off 6 x 4 prints?

    There is another setting on my Kodak DX6490 namely Best XXX 3:2 (3.5 MP)
    Is that also too high a setting for 6 x 4 prints?

    I don't want to reduce the number of pics I can fit onto the SD card if I
    can get good sharp prints
    from a lower setting but I do if there is even the slightest gain.

    Any advice appreciated.

    certsnsearches, Mar 23, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    With the amount of compression used in the Kodak 6490 I can only recomend
    that you ONLY use the highest possible setting.

    The XXX 3:2 setting simply shapes the photo pre-cropped for 4x6 prints.
    Larry, Mar 23, 2005
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    Ben Thomas Guest

    I have that camera. The 3.MP setting is ideal for 6x4 prints as the camera only
    records a 3:2 ratio image. It is exactly the same image quality (jpeg
    compression & pixel width) as the 4MP setting.

    Kinda makes the 4MP claim a bit misleading hey? You can take full benefit of the
    4MP setting if you print two photos on an A4 page.
    Ben Thomas, Mar 23, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You misunderstand the settings. If you will look at the manual (you do
    know what that is, right), then you will find that the hightest setting
    is a 4mp setting, with an aspect ratio that will require cropping if you
    print it on 4x6 paper. The Best XXX 3:2 setting is 3.5 mp, and will
    print on 4x6 paper with no cropping. Basically, the camera just
    discards the extra pixels to get to a size that will print on 4x6 paper
    without cropping. If you intend to print at 4x6 size, then use the
    3.5mp setting. Otherwise, use the 4mp setting and get as much image as
    the camera can capture.
    There is NO difference in quality between the settings, just a
    'pre-cropping' of the image in the camera to fit the 4x6 format.
    Ron Hunter, Mar 23, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    The Kodak 6490 will compress that same with either setting. It merely
    discards pixels to make a 2:3 aspect ratio, then does the compression,
    so, of course, the files will be a bit smaller.
    Ron Hunter, Mar 23, 2005
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Cert,

    If you are going to make prints, the more information the better. Results
    in larger files but if printing is your end result, I would use the best
    setting. Also, in your camera you have the option of 3.5 MP - best
    (optimized ratio for 4" x 6" prints, 3:2). I would take a picture with it
    and for experimentation one at the best but other format. You will see the
    difference. Both will yield excellent results but the optimized version
    should yield the best.

    Talk to you soon.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
    Ron Baird, Mar 24, 2005
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