question, whats the difference between 7.1MP and 6.3MP (camera)

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  1. CelticKing

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    I never understood what's the difference? 6.3MP says it's 3:2? so what's 7.1MP then?

    Which should I leave on to have best quality pics taken?
     
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    I don't know specifics for cameras, but I'd just assume 7.1 > 6.3
     
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    That's what I'm thinking too.....
     
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    What kind of camera?

    That's something you should play around with. On many cameras using the highest resolution with give you bad shutter lag. Taking at a lower res will often given you better pictures (less blur).
     
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    Kodak Z712 IS

    I've used 7.1 but was wondering maybe 6.3 will give me better quality? lol
     
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    meh, MP is a misleading spec. It is all about the optics. You can have a 5MP camera take better pictures than a 12MP camera due to better optics. The MP spec has become the specification of choice my marketing to throw out there to grab buyers. It is the same thing as stereo equipment's "wattage" ratings.
     
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    Generally speaking, the higher the MP the better. You're taking the pictures at a higher resolution which means you can enlarge them to bigger prints if you wanted. If you never plan on enlarging anything past 5" x 7" the 6.3 will do fine.

    3:2 refers to the ratio the picture is taken in. Prints are typically in this ratio- 2" x 3", 4" x 6", 5" x 7" etc. Digital cameras will usually always take pictures in different ratios than the standard 3:2, meaning some of the image will be lost when prints are made. The 3:2 is just a matter of convenience.

    I've never found a difference of shutter lag on the same camera between resolution settings. I have seen it take longer to write the image and be ready to shoot again (of course this was back in the days of Compact Flash and Smart Media cards being the most prevalent memory cards), but with the advent of of SD and xD cards, that has been greatly improved. My 12.1MP Canon SD780 writes quick and I shoot at 12.1 all the time.

    One big thing to reduce the blurriness in your pictures: Push the shoot button halfway down, let the camera focus, then push the rest of the way to take the shot. The autofocus is what I've seen cause the highest amount of lag between the pushing the button and the image appearing. A lot of people want to take pictures like they did with film (a single press) but digital doesn't work best that way.

    Note: This is for point-and-shoot cameras. DSLRs are an entirely different animal.

    EDIT: Also, agree with Blazerboy30.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. Appreciate it. :)
     
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    Can one typically find out the quality of the optics on a camera though?
     
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    I'm not aware of a readily available spec. Maybe some comparisons or word-of-mouth?
     
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    link us the cameras and we'll tell you which is better.
     

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