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Learn how to set the image quality and resolution function using the Panasonic DMC-LX3
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Setting your picture quality and resolution is definitely something that is very important. By default, the compression or the JPEG setting is set to high when your resolution is set to the highest setting. In my case, because I’m using the 4 x 3 aspect ratio, that high setting is 10 mega pixels. If your aspect ratio is set to 16 x 9, you’ll notice that now I’m set to 9 mega pixels. Not because I have 10 mega pixels available and I’m choosing to use 9, but in this mode, 9 mega pixels is actually the highest resolution I can produce. So instead of doing that, I’m going to go over to the 4 x 3 aspect ratio. This also gives me control of cropping the image the way I want to crop it. Now my resolution is back to 10 mega pixels and to change your image quality or choose the RAW file format, you need to go into your main menu. So press the menu button right here, the second menu item on the first page is picture size and the third is quality. So I’ll just go down to quality because picture size actually I can access via the quick menu. Press the right navigation button, and I can choose whether I want a high quality JPEG, a more compressed lower quality JPEG. This will allow me to take a lot more pictures in my memory card but the image quality will not be as high so I generally stick to a high quality JPEG. Or I can choose RAW or RAW plus high quality JPEG or RAW plus low quality JPEG.
Usually I don’t do RAW because in my case, JPEG is really all I need and I know RAW has its advantages, if you want to know about the differences between RAW and JPEG, check out the glossary section at LBGuides.com. But because it’s more of a hassle in the computer, I generally just stick to the high quality JPEG and deal with its short comings. So go ahead and press set, and set again to escape the menu. Now that’s the quality to adjust your resolution. The reason why I don’t do that in the main menu, I could but it’s very easy to do it via the quick menu right here. Just press this button, hold it down for a second and move over to the resolution setting here I can choose between 7 mega pixels, 5, 3, 2 and even .3. This is great for email if I want to post the pictures on eBay or something like that, I would just use the lower resolution because I know they’re not pictures I’m going to ever print, I just need it for documentation purposes. I want to go up, and choose 10 mega pixels and press set, and this is the mode that I normally use. High quality JPEG with 10 mega pixels and remember the 4 x 3 aspect ratio. To find out much more about Digital Photography and your Digital Camera, go to LBGuides.com.