Megapixels again.......sorry



Bjdbrad
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the key
words because I am sure its been discussed before

I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I need
to spend it.....big problem huh........anyway I know you guys are sick to
death of people asking about megapixels but I am looking at 2 Sony identical
cameras except for the megapixels. 5.1 & 7.2 plus on the memory the one for
$100 less says 32 MB internal and the other one says just 32MB. I will not be
taking alot of pictures or don't plan on making very large prints. I hate to
call the $100 dispensable but there really isn't anything I want for $100 at
the store. In your opinion should I buy the more expensive camera or use the
$100 for supplies. The info I was able to look up tells me that there really
isn't much difference between the 5.1 & 7.2 megapixels.

Also one more thing is there anything that can be done to reduce the time
lapse when shooting with flash between the click of the camera and the camera
actually firing? Those extra 2 megapixels help me in that area at all?

Thanks for any opinions.

Brad

John Inzer
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Unless you plan to do some major cropping
or print lots of images larger than 8x10...the
7MP camera would be overkill IMHO.

In my non-expert opinion if you only use the
camera for casual snapshots and rarely print
anything larger than a 4x6...a 3 MegaPixel is
all you need.

Basically...the more MegaPixels you have...
the larger the file is. Example...
A typical 5MP image at best quality is:
2592x1944 pixels
And a typical 7MP image at best quality is:
3072x2304 pixels

Your computer screen is probably set at
1024x768 so that gives you an idea of the
size of the images. If I open a 3072x2304
image in Digital Image Pro...it shows the
size of the image to be: 42.47" x 32"...
I guess that's nice if you plan to print
posters.

Go to the following sites and read the reviews
of the cameras you are interested in.

There are also sample images you can compare
from each camera. And there are message boards
where you can ask questions.

On Steve's site if you read "Steve's Conclusion"
on the particular model/s you are interested in
he usually discusses the speed of the various
models.

Steve's Digicams
http://www.steves-digicams.com/

DPReview
http://www.dpreview.com/

Imaging Resource
(Check out the Comparometer)
http://www.imaging-resource.com/

The Digital Camera Resource Page
http://www.dcresource.com/

--

John Inzer
MS Picture It! MVP



"Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
>
> I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the
> key
> words because I am sure its been discussed before
>
> I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I need
> to spend it.....big problem huh........anyway I know you guys are sick to
> death of people asking about megapixels but I am looking at 2 Sony
> identical
> cameras except for the megapixels. 5.1 & 7.2 plus on the memory the one
> for
> $100 less says 32 MB internal and the other one says just 32MB. I will not
> be
> taking alot of pictures or don't plan on making very large prints. I hate
> to
> call the $100 dispensable but there really isn't anything I want for $100
> at
> the store. In your opinion should I buy the more expensive camera or use
> the
> $100 for supplies. The info I was able to look up tells me that there
> really
> isn't much difference between the 5.1 & 7.2 megapixels.
>
> Also one more thing is there anything that can be done to reduce the time
> lapse when shooting with flash between the click of the camera and the
> camera
> actually firing? Those extra 2 megapixels help me in that area at all?
>
> Thanks for any opinions.
>
> Brad

bjdbrad
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
John thanks for the info unfortunately he doesn't review the camera I am
looking at purchasing I am looking at the DSCW5 he reviews a DSCW1 which is a
5 megapixel
so I am guessing that review would be similar to the camera I am looking at,
I think its a new model this year. Once again thanks for your opinion.

Brad


"John Inzer" wrote:

> Unless you plan to do some major cropping
> or print lots of images larger than 8x10...the
> 7MP camera would be overkill IMHO.
>
> In my non-expert opinion if you only use the
> camera for casual snapshots and rarely print
> anything larger than a 4x6...a 3 MegaPixel is
> all you need.
>
> Basically...the more MegaPixels you have...
> the larger the file is. Example...
> A typical 5MP image at best quality is:
> 2592x1944 pixels
> And a typical 7MP image at best quality is:
> 3072x2304 pixels
>
> Your computer screen is probably set at
> 1024x768 so that gives you an idea of the
> size of the images. If I open a 3072x2304
> image in Digital Image Pro...it shows the
> size of the image to be: 42.47" x 32"...
> I guess that's nice if you plan to print
> posters.
>
> Go to the following sites and read the reviews
> of the cameras you are interested in.
>
> There are also sample images you can compare
> from each camera. And there are message boards
> where you can ask questions.
>
> On Steve's site if you read "Steve's Conclusion"
> on the particular model/s you are interested in
> he usually discusses the speed of the various
> models.
>
> Steve's Digicams
> http://www.steves-digicams.com/
>
> DPReview
> http://www.dpreview.com/
>
> Imaging Resource
> (Check out the Comparometer)
> http://www.imaging-resource.com/
>
> The Digital Camera Resource Page
> http://www.dcresource.com/
>
> --
>
> John Inzer
> MS Picture It! MVP
>
>
>
> "Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
> >
> > I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the
> > key
> > words because I am sure its been discussed before
> >
> > I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I need
> > to spend it.....big problem huh........anyway I know you guys are sick to
> > death of people asking about megapixels but I am looking at 2 Sony
> > identical
> > cameras except for the megapixels. 5.1 & 7.2 plus on the memory the one
> > for
> > $100 less says 32 MB internal and the other one says just 32MB. I will not
> > be
> > taking alot of pictures or don't plan on making very large prints. I hate
> > to
> > call the $100 dispensable but there really isn't anything I want for $100
> > at
> > the store. In your opinion should I buy the more expensive camera or use
> > the
> > $100 for supplies. The info I was able to look up tells me that there
> > really
> > isn't much difference between the 5.1 & 7.2 megapixels.
> >
> > Also one more thing is there anything that can be done to reduce the time
> > lapse when shooting with flash between the click of the camera and the
> > camera
> > actually firing? Those extra 2 megapixels help me in that area at all?
> >
> > Thanks for any opinions.
> >
> > Brad
>
>

bjdbrad
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
John, I didn't realize those were four different websites you gave me I
thought they were all parts of one site......I did find the W5 on two of them
but only with user reviews no professional reviews user reviews can be
helpful depending on the reviewer a lot of these start off with "This camera
rocks!!!!" which will usually make the review a little suspect to
me........lol......

Brad



"bjdbrad" wrote:

> John thanks for the info unfortunately he doesn't review the camera I am
> looking at purchasing I am looking at the DSCW5 he reviews a DSCW1 which is a
> 5 megapixel
> so I am guessing that review would be similar to the camera I am looking at,
> I think its a new model this year. Once again thanks for your opinion.
>
> Brad
>
>
> "John Inzer" wrote:
>
> > Unless you plan to do some major cropping
> > or print lots of images larger than 8x10...the
> > 7MP camera would be overkill IMHO.
> >
> > In my non-expert opinion if you only use the
> > camera for casual snapshots and rarely print
> > anything larger than a 4x6...a 3 MegaPixel is
> > all you need.
> >
> > Basically...the more MegaPixels you have...
> > the larger the file is. Example...
> > A typical 5MP image at best quality is:
> > 2592x1944 pixels
> > And a typical 7MP image at best quality is:
> > 3072x2304 pixels
> >
> > Your computer screen is probably set at
> > 1024x768 so that gives you an idea of the
> > size of the images. If I open a 3072x2304
> > image in Digital Image Pro...it shows the
> > size of the image to be: 42.47" x 32"...
> > I guess that's nice if you plan to print
> > posters.
> >
> > Go to the following sites and read the reviews
> > of the cameras you are interested in.
> >
> > There are also sample images you can compare
> > from each camera. And there are message boards
> > where you can ask questions.
> >
> > On Steve's site if you read "Steve's Conclusion"
> > on the particular model/s you are interested in
> > he usually discusses the speed of the various
> > models.
> >
> > Steve's Digicams
> > http://www.steves-digicams.com/
> >
> > DPReview
> > http://www.dpreview.com/
> >
> > Imaging Resource
> > (Check out the Comparometer)
> > http://www.imaging-resource.com/
> >
> > The Digital Camera Resource Page
> > http://www.dcresource.com/
> >
> > --
> >
> > John Inzer
> > MS Picture It! MVP
> >
> >
> >
> > "Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
> > >
> > > I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the
> > > key
> > > words because I am sure its been discussed before
> > >
> > > I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I need
> > > to spend it.....big problem huh........anyway I know you guys are sick to
> > > death of people asking about megapixels but I am looking at 2 Sony
> > > identical
> > > cameras except for the megapixels. 5.1 & 7.2 plus on the memory the one
> > > for
> > > $100 less says 32 MB internal and the other one says just 32MB. I will not
> > > be
> > > taking alot of pictures or don't plan on making very large prints. I hate
> > > to
> > > call the $100 dispensable but there really isn't anything I want for $100
> > > at
> > > the store. In your opinion should I buy the more expensive camera or use
> > > the
> > > $100 for supplies. The info I was able to look up tells me that there
> > > really
> > > isn't much difference between the 5.1 & 7.2 megapixels.
> > >
> > > Also one more thing is there anything that can be done to reduce the time
> > > lapse when shooting with flash between the click of the camera and the
> > > camera
> > > actually firing? Those extra 2 megapixels help me in that area at all?
> > >
> > > Thanks for any opinions.
> > >
> > > Brad
> >
> >

John Inzer
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Here's a review from the DPReview
site:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0502/05020201sonydscw5.asp

There is some discussion of the
Sony CyberShot DSC W5 in the
rec.photo.digital newsgroup:

Sony DSC W5
http://tinyurl.com/7l4wo

--

John Inzer
MS Picture It! MVP



"bjdbrad" <bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4605C9F7-4E34-430E-906E-AD533F0E4685@microsoft.com...
> John, I didn't realize those were four different websites you gave me I
> thought they were all parts of one site......I did find the W5 on two of
> them
> but only with user reviews no professional reviews user reviews can be
> helpful depending on the reviewer a lot of these start off with "This
> camera
> rocks!!!!" which will usually make the review a little suspect to
> me........lol......
>
> Brad
>
>
>
> "bjdbrad" wrote:
>
>> John thanks for the info unfortunately he doesn't review the camera I am
>> looking at purchasing I am looking at the DSCW5 he reviews a DSCW1 which
>> is a
>> 5 megapixel
>> so I am guessing that review would be similar to the camera I am looking
>> at,
>> I think its a new model this year. Once again thanks for your opinion.
>>
>> Brad
>>
>>
>> "John Inzer" wrote:
>>
>> > Unless you plan to do some major cropping
>> > or print lots of images larger than 8x10...the
>> > 7MP camera would be overkill IMHO.
>> >
>> > In my non-expert opinion if you only use the
>> > camera for casual snapshots and rarely print
>> > anything larger than a 4x6...a 3 MegaPixel is
>> > all you need.
>> >
>> > Basically...the more MegaPixels you have...
>> > the larger the file is. Example...
>> > A typical 5MP image at best quality is:
>> > 2592x1944 pixels
>> > And a typical 7MP image at best quality is:
>> > 3072x2304 pixels
>> >
>> > Your computer screen is probably set at
>> > 1024x768 so that gives you an idea of the
>> > size of the images. If I open a 3072x2304
>> > image in Digital Image Pro...it shows the
>> > size of the image to be: 42.47" x 32"...
>> > I guess that's nice if you plan to print
>> > posters.
>> >
>> > Go to the following sites and read the reviews
>> > of the cameras you are interested in.
>> >
>> > There are also sample images you can compare
>> > from each camera. And there are message boards
>> > where you can ask questions.
>> >
>> > On Steve's site if you read "Steve's Conclusion"
>> > on the particular model/s you are interested in
>> > he usually discusses the speed of the various
>> > models.
>> >
>> > Steve's Digicams
>> > http://www.steves-digicams.com/
>> >
>> > DPReview
>> > http://www.dpreview.com/
>> >
>> > Imaging Resource
>> > (Check out the Comparometer)
>> > http://www.imaging-resource.com/
>> >
>> > The Digital Camera Resource Page
>> > http://www.dcresource.com/
>> >
>> > --
>> >
>> > John Inzer
>> > MS Picture It! MVP
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
>> > >
>> > > I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with
>> > > the
>> > > key
>> > > words because I am sure its been discussed before
>> > >
>> > > I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I
>> > > need
>> > > to spend it.....big problem huh........anyway I know you guys are
>> > > sick to
>> > > death of people asking about megapixels but I am looking at 2 Sony
>> > > identical
>> > > cameras except for the megapixels. 5.1 & 7.2 plus on the memory the
>> > > one
>> > > for
>> > > $100 less says 32 MB internal and the other one says just 32MB. I
>> > > will not
>> > > be
>> > > taking alot of pictures or don't plan on making very large prints. I
>> > > hate
>> > > to
>> > > call the $100 dispensable but there really isn't anything I want for
>> > > $100
>> > > at
>> > > the store. In your opinion should I buy the more expensive camera or
>> > > use
>> > > the
>> > > $100 for supplies. The info I was able to look up tells me that there
>> > > really
>> > > isn't much difference between the 5.1 & 7.2 megapixels.
>> > >
>> > > Also one more thing is there anything that can be done to reduce the
>> > > time
>> > > lapse when shooting with flash between the click of the camera and
>> > > the
>> > > camera
>> > > actually firing? Those extra 2 megapixels help me in that area at
>> > > all?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks for any opinions.
>> > >
>> > > Brad
>> >
>> >

Rina
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Before you give yourself a nervous breakdown trying to figure out how to
spend that gift certificate before it expires, go to the store and ask to
exchange it for another.

Most states now have laws regarding gift certificates and expiration
dates.... Gift certificates shouldn't have expiration dates, that's like
stealing your money.

Gram
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unread.



"Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
>
> I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the
> key
> words because I am sure its been discussed before
>
> I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I need
> to spend it.....

Paul Ballou
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
If the Gift Certificate is purchased by a customer then it shouldn't
expiration date.
If the Gift Certificate is provided as a refund then it shouldn't have a
expiration date.
If the store issue the Gift Certificate as a promotion then they have a
right to choose whether or not it expires.


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"Rina" <Grammy_Geek@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:OQJ8SO3ZFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Before you give yourself a nervous breakdown trying to figure out how to
> spend that gift certificate before it expires, go to the store and ask to
> exchange it for another.
>
> Most states now have laws regarding gift certificates and expiration
> dates.... Gift certificates shouldn't have expiration dates, that's like
> stealing your money.
>
> Gram
> --
> Please respond to the newsgroup, mail from this account is left on my
> server unread.
>
>
>
> "Bjdbrad" <Bjdbrad@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:37CF447D-EEB1-429C-8D64-764258054C32@microsoft.com...
>>
>> I tried a search of the newsgroup first but I couldn't come up with the
>> key
>> words because I am sure its been discussed before
>>
>> I have a gift card from a store that is getting ready to expire and I
>> need
>> to spend it.....
>
>


Megapixels again.......sorry