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Megapix = Picture size

My mom got an 8 MP camera and I was trying to explain to her that she doesn't need to take all pictures at 8MP. Is there a guide or something that says "X" Mega Pixel is good for "X" picture size for printing?

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With the price of memory cards dropping i take all my pics at the highest megapix. It almost completely eliminates the need to ever use the zoom on the camera for live action sports.
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With the price of memory cards dropping i take all my pics at the highest megapix. It almost completely eliminates the need to ever use the zoom on the camera for live action sports.
This is a 60 yr old lady we're talking about, I want to make sending/printing pics as easy as possible

Also yea, Memory card are CHEAP, we got a 4gb Scan Disk brand for 13.00!!

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8mp to 4gb card = 1,024 pictures

Not all her photos will come out to 8mp, almost all will be below.

http://www.picstop.co.uk/pdf/image_count.htm

4gb should be plenty and she won't have to upload the pics or change memory cards every 24 or 36 shots like back in the day when we all used film.
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8mp to 4gb card = 1,024 pictures

Not all her photos will come out to 8mp, almost all will be below.

http://www.picstop.co.uk/pdf/image_count.htm

4gb should be plenty and she won't have to upload the pics or change memory cards every 24 or 36 shots like back in the day when we all used film.
Let me re-ask the question lol. If she wants to print a 4x6 picture, what MP setting should she be at? If she wants an 8x10, and so on, what MP setting should she be at?

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I print straight from 8.1 mp images. But that dosen't answer your question in the scope that you asked it. I suggest you get her set up with an photobucket account if she has high speed internet and let the website handle all the resizing for her.
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Let me re-ask the question lol. If she wants to print a 4x6 picture, what MP setting should she be at? If she wants an 8x10, and so on, what MP setting should she be at?
How will she know what size she wants the print to be when taking the photo? Murphy's Law states that she'll have the camera set at a lower resolution and end up with a great photo she wants enlarged. Keep it simple and just leave the setting at the defaults.

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Let me re-ask the question lol. If she wants to print a 4x6 picture, what MP setting should she be at? If she wants an 8x10, and so on, what MP setting should she be at?
Don't sweat it. Just let Walgreen's or Costco take care of it other wise you will be getting technical... VVV

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How will she know what size she wants the print to be when taking the photo? Murphy's Law states that she'll have the camera set at a lower resolution and end up with a great photo she wants enlarged. Keep it simple and just leave the setting at the defaults.
Yea, but I wanted a reference point to explain to her. The cool thing is she just got a Mac a few months ago and the Apple store offers free Iphoto classes, so I told her to take that also.

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I would always shoot at the highest setting. It allows you to crop the image as you want without it getting too small, also you can re-size the image with a higher resolution to get sharper images when printed (ie. 4x6 at 300dpi vs 4x6 at 72dpi.)

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it should say in the manual what meg vs print size

i know this is not what your looking for, but it's closer and i should do some work

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IMHO, just shoot at max and let Walmart sort it out. Those charts are great, but I'd rather be safe than sorry and just use up more hard drive space. A little education on storage and resizing goes a long way. A stupid simple program like Picassa could help as well.

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Never understood why anyone would use less than maximum quality nowadays...
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A stupid simple program like Picassa could help as well.
Figuring it out in photoshop if you don't know what you are doing can be painful!
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I would always shoot at the highest setting. It allows you to crop the image as you want without it getting too small, also you can re-size the image with a higher resolution to get sharper images when printed (ie. 4x6 at 300dpi vs 4x6 at 72dpi.)
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Always shoot at max rez since memory cards are so cheap and hard drive space is abundant.
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It almost completely eliminates the need to ever use the zoom on the camera for live action sports.
Watchu talking about Willis? Should we send a formal letter to all the sports photographers out there and tell them to get rid of their $10,000 zoom lenses?
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Watchu talking about Willis? Should we send a formal letter to all the sports photographers out there and tell them to get rid of their $10,000 zoom lenses?
Maybe he means the 'digital zoom' function of P&S cameras.

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Watchu talking about Willis? Should we send a formal letter to all the sports photographers out there and tell them to get rid of their $10,000 zoom lenses?
Those $10,000 lenses dont zoom

my vote is -- setup a flickr account for her.. then she can send links to the images.. not large emails.. plus everything will be stored offsite and can be organized
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Those $10,000 lenses dont zoom
This is true, I guess they're called Super Telephoto or something like that Ok I amend it then to those $6000 zoom lenses!!!
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