2mp look better than 3 to 5mp??

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Heinz
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2mp look better than 3 to 5mp??
Jun 6, 2002

Hello,

I often see pictures of 1 or 2 mp cameras, which look crisper and sharper on screen than others from higher mp cameras. Is this normal? Downsizing the pictures doen't change much. Is there a special workflow to make pictures look good on screen? I use a 17" trinitron running at 1024*768.
Any advice?

Heinz

Jon Stewart
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Screen is deceptive
In reply to Heinz, Jun 6, 2002

There must be at least 57 Varieties of workflow when it comes downsizing.

What matters however, is that something that may look good on screen, may not print very well at all. I think you will find that most (and certainly most pros) will have their systems optimised for whatever method they are printing with, and care little about on screen presentation, especially on other peoples screens, over which they have no control!

I'm willing to accept that others would have differing views on the matter.

Jon

Heinz wrote:

Hello,

I often see pictures of 1 or 2 mp cameras, which look crisper and
sharper on screen than others from higher mp cameras. Is this
normal? Downsizing the pictures doen't change much. Is there a
special workflow to make pictures look good on screen? I use a 17"
trinitron running at 1024*768.
Any advice?

Heinz

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bruce komusin
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In reply to Jon Stewart, Jun 6, 2002

Best view on screen is obtained when each pixel in image is displayed by exactly one pixel on the screen -- this is called 100% view mode in Photoshop.

2-megapixel images CAN be fully or almost-fully seen at 100% view mode on ordinary screen set to current-day screen size of 1024x768, 1280x960, etc., but larger 2, 3, or 5-megapixel images require resampling to be seen in full. The resampling is done on the fly by the image displaying program, so you are unaware of it, but as you know resampling loses quality and that is why larger images APPEAR worse, but believe me, they are not actually worse.

See for yourself by setting your display program such as ACDSee or Photoshop to 100% view mode. Then you will see only a small portion of the original image, but it should be sharp and clear.

-bruce

Jon Stewart wrote:
There must be at least 57 Varieties of workflow when it comes
downsizing.

What matters however, is that something that may look good on
screen, may not print very well at all. I think you will find that
most (and certainly most pros) will have their systems optimised
for whatever method they are printing with, and care little about
on screen presentation, especially on other peoples screens, over
which they have no control!

I'm willing to accept that others would have differing views on the
matter.

Jon

Heinz wrote:

Hello,

I often see pictures of 1 or 2 mp cameras, which look crisper and
sharper on screen than others from higher mp cameras. Is this
normal? Downsizing the pictures doen't change much. Is there a
special workflow to make pictures look good on screen? I use a 17"
trinitron running at 1024*768.
Any advice?

Heinz

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BobTrips
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In reply to Heinz, Jun 6, 2002

Heinz wrote:

Hello,

I often see pictures of 1 or 2 mp cameras, which look crisper and
sharper on screen than others from higher mp cameras. Is this
normal? Downsizing the pictures doen't change much. Is there a
special workflow to make pictures look good on screen? I use a 17"
trinitron running at 1024*768.
Any advice?

Heinz

You might want to give ifranview a try. http://www.irfanview.com , excellent, free. Take your large pixel files and do a batch conversion with resample to produce optimal images for screen presentation.

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