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    Default Photo resize and compression problems

    I'm looking for some tips.
    I am having issues with a new camera's images that I've never dealt with
    before.
    It seems when I resize or compress the images to easily import into my
    reports that they are fuzzy.

    I've tried lots of different methods, even downloaded a recommended
    resizer, tried different size and quality settings on the camera to no avail.

    If I just import at the same size and compression rate directly from the
    card then drag the corner to the size needed to fit two side by side on a
    page the clarity is fine.

    I can then compress the photos inside of Word to
    reduce the file size.

    The trouble is I use lots of photos in my reports and Manually resizing each
    photo is very time consumining.

    My old camera (Cannon powershot A630) would yeild good results but the new Fuji does not like my process.

    Any ideas?

    I have my old workhorse Cannon in for the fourth rebuild but until the factory sends it back I'm stuck with this one.
    Thanks guys!

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    Jim,

    Try FastStone Photo Resizer. It can do more than just 'resize'. Pretty robust application and it is free.

    I use it to put a watermark on each image and it 're-sizes' slightly, but I also let my report generator handle the bulk of the re-size.

    Been using FastStone for several years now without a hiccup.

    FastStone Photo Resizer - Powerful Image Converter/Resizer


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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    Jim, I noticed the same with my new Fuji camera. The Fuji file size is pretty large even on the smallest setting. I took the same picture with the Fuji and with a Nikon Coolpic and the size was almost double on the Fuji on the lowest settings with both cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolan Kienitz View Post
    Jim,

    Try FastStone Photo Resizer. It can do more than just 'resize'. Pretty robust application and it is free.

    I use it to put a watermark on each image and it 're-sizes' slightly, but I also let my report generator handle the bulk of the re-size.

    Been using FastStone for several years now without a hiccup.

    FastStone Photo Resizer - Powerful Image Converter/Resizer
    That is the one I just tried and it gave the same results as the MS office picture manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    What makes this one better than the others? I hate to load software and then have to clean it up later when it is not used. Any guesses if it is better than Faststone, MS Office, or Ifra view?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    I just downloaded and tried the "better JPG" software and I can't tell any improvement over the other two resizers that I tried previously.
    Thanks for the help though!
    Nolan and Scott helped uncover that the problem may just be with the Fuji process. It just does not seem to play well with resizing or compression without loosing clarity.
    Can someone tell the the difference between resizing with a program to fit a certain size and using the manual resizing tool within MS Word?
    Perhaps I could use photo frames to drop my imported shots in when going to Word... ? Now if I could just remember how to make that work!

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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    I take all pics in PC mode on my camera (Nikon Coolpix). I use Primo PDF for converting my reports to PDF. The total memory size of my reports with up to 30 pics embedded is less than 1 MB.

    "It takes a big man to cry. It takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man". - Jack Handey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    I take all pics in PC mode on my camera (Nikon Coolpix). I use Primo PDF for converting my reports to PDF. The total memory size of my reports with up to 30 pics embedded is less than 1 MB.
    I use the PC setting as well....

    Do any other camers have this type of setting? Fuji does not have it!

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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    I presume you're using the fuji to snap and save in jpeg format (not a lossless format) then editing, resizing, etc. Try using the lossless format.

    Have you considered using the RAW format (fuji's like many others are slightly different, and there have been more than one gen. of fuji's), then resizing, editing, etc. using either fuji's proprietary (free to owners) editor or some other's compatible software for editing (some issues with other editors corrupting or causing issues with sticks when back in the cam) and/or fuji's proprietary (& free to cam owners) RAW converter or using a batch processor on the computer after you've edited the RAW files in RAW mode (there are several that work with various Fuji RAW files of various generations) to convert alreadyl (resized, turned, edited) to jpeg or jpg, bmp, png, pdf or some other format?

    Also never resave an edited jpeg, do all your editing in one operation then save as (a new file name), every resave (instead of save as a new file name) will cause even more lossess beyond what's already lost due to editing a jpg.

    Perhaps you already knew this, but throwing it out there.

    HTH.

    Not sure which fuji cam you have (if you've mentioned before I missed it).


    For example

    MyFinePix Studio RAW FILE CONVERTER (ver.3.2.2.0) for FinePix F550EXR / F505EXR / HS20EXR / HS22EXR / X100. | Fujifilm Global

    Still Image Quality: The FinePix X10 records still images in JPEG format in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and two compression ratios (Fine and Normal). In addition, RAW images can be recorded from the raw, uncompressed image data from the camera's image sensor. RAW format images must be processed on a computer using the supplied RAW File Converter application software. You can also shoot a RAW + JPEG image at the same time, with separate RAW and JPEG files recorded and stored.

    JPEG Myths and Facts - Page 1

    Prepare Your Photos for the Web

    Last edited by H.G. Watson, Sr.; 04-11-2012 at 08:04 AM.

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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    Try as I might, my camera does not seem to have an option of formats. I thought of trying to use a different format to use for editing but to no avail.
    The photo edit software supplied with the camera does not allow resizing or compression.
    I will just make the best of what I have until I get my Cannon back. I just hope they don't send me notice that it is too old to repair.
    Thanks for the help.

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    I have Microsoft office 2010. It is as simple as opening the pictures up that you just down loaded. Double click on any one picture. When The picture manager comes up for windows the picture you clicked on is there. In the top left of the screen there are choices for thumbnail views. Click on it. Top of the page click on edit. The left side of the screen has the edit info along with re-sizing. set it to the size you want for the pictures and away you go. All resized. No extra garbage to down load to your computer. Take what ever size pics you want as 12 meg or what ever. Re-size. done. All in a matter of less than a minute.

    It does not have to be Microsoft office 2012. The past office years works the same.


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    Ted, I have no problem resizing photos, the problem is this particular camera photos (and Scott's evidently) look like crap when resized or compressed. I use MS Office and have for years, but it makes no difference whether it is 2003 on the Desktop or the newer version on my laptop, they look bad. Fuji Fine Pics are too large to use directly in a report and get Fuzzy no matter what process I use to resize them.

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    Default Re: Photo resize and compression problems

    Which Fuji camera do you have?


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    Fuji Finepix S2950

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    Jim,

    As we discussed I still have my two Canon's in "back-up" ... just in case. I got a new Pentax Optio W90 that has turned out to be quite excellent.

    Pentax is now two versions past the W90 with a Pentax WG-1 and Pentax WG-2.

    If you can find a W90 I'm sure the price would be quite low. The WG-1 a bit more pricey, but will come down with the recent release of the WG-2.

    I really like the W90. Uses SD cards and does not have a protruding lens that can get damaged and provides a very good zoom.

    Batteries are not the AA that we have been used to, but I keep 4-cells charged with one in the camera and 3 in a zip-lock bag in my pocket. I often have to put in a 2nd cell during an inspection, but I take about 150 images/inspection (give or take).

    I also got very high capacity batteries via e-Bay at a very low price.

    I'm tempted to get the WG-1, but will sit tight and wait a spell for the prices on the WG-2 to come down. The W90 is working just fine. I've been using it now for over a year!!!

    BTW - no image compression problems with the Pentax W90.


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    I'm headed to return the Fuji. It is an alright camera but I can't deal with the compression issues. I just ordered the Pentax WG-1 from Amazon for $237 with a spare battery/accessory kit.

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    Jim,

    Good move. You will like the camera once you get used to it ... you'll have to train your hand from holding the Canon's "grip".

    The WG-1 has a better 'hold' than my W90.

    I have some additional 1300 and 1400 mAh battery cells that I can give you as well.


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