Quick switching between low-res and full-res: which cameras are good at that and which are not?

Started Jan 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Paul C Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: Quick switching between low-res and full-res: which cameras are good at that and which are not?

JimboJet wrote:

Hi all,

I'd like to buy a new SLR or mirrorless. A non-neglectable part of my photos is taken in museums, where additionally to the normal full-res photos of the object I also need to take a low-res pic of the descriptive text sign associated to each object. Now I don't need full resolution on that text (besides, it would just eat memory space for nothing and slow down the processing afterwards). Usually 640x480 is good for that. Unfortunately, many cameras require a tedious browsing through menus to change the resolution back and forth between low-res and high-res. So I'd be interested in any function keys or other feature that would allow to switch between resolutions quickly and easily. I'm not bound to any lens system yet but would like to be able to use old M42 lenses with an adapter. Thus my question:

Which mid-range to budget cameras can switch quickly between full resolution and a low resolution, and which cameras should one better avoid if quick resolution change is needed?

Nikon D5100 can do it with the customisable function button. Its set in custom menu f1, set it to QUAL. Then you can press & hold the button and spin the dial to adjust the quality. The quality (picture resolution, RAW/JPG, fine/standard/basic) is shown on the screen. It isn't shown in the viewfinder, but the number of pictures at that quality remaining is shown, so you'd know roughly. And you'd know from how many clicks away each desired setting is, once you've done it a few times.

No doubt many other DSLRs with a customisable funcion button can do this too.

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