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iPhone 4 photo-size is a disaster! 2MB per photo!?

42961 Views 54 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 4:42 AM by tinainnca RSS
  • cheetahz Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2010 12:22 PM (in response to esreverse)
    I know you may want your photos taken at only 2mp, but your really not looking at the BIG picture. I am a pro Photog and the higher you can shoot a picture the better. EVEN on a cell phone. Here is why, sure at first you may just want to just send the pics email wise. But later on you may want to print them or even include them in a professionally done picture video, the more res you have to work with the better. It is MUCH much easier to take away then to add to something. 2mb pictures are not as sharp or detail as a 5mp picture, they just aren't. I think your complaint is short sighted and nothing that another camera program on the Iphone won't do for you. I think your complaint is minimal in nature.
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  • Craig Baron Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 12:29 PM (in response to esreverse)
    A 2MB photo is pretty small, most of mine are 12MB. I'm not sure I understand the problem, after you save it to a computer an process it, you can save a copy in whatever format/size you like. I would still recommend keeping a copy in the original format for future use.
    MacBook Pro, PB G4, Minis, iPad, iphones 3GS, 3G, ipod Touch, Apple TV, etc., Mac OS X (10.6)
  • cheetahz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    my point exactly , you always want to take it at the highest resolution possible and can do wnat you want from there
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  • kramey74 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 12:34 PM (in response to esreverse)
    You can resize photos in Photoshop without opening each photo, you must be kidding now.

    Or maybe not, and that's why you're looking for an answer here.
    Maybe you need something that's simple to use. I used to work for a company called
    Photodex and they had a program called Compupic Pro. Perhaps you should check that out.
    iPhone 3gs, iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Christopher Mann Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2010 12:41 PM (in response to esreverse)
    as an engineer working in the Tetra mobile market, this explanation seems to be apple stalling for time while they investigate the real issue.
    Attenuation seems to be the main issue here, being caused by the user holding the metal casing, reducing the antennas effectiveness.
    I live in the UK and users can look at the coverage that their mobile providers are predicting by going to the Ofcom website. This will give users some idea if they are experiencing this issue based on thier providers signal strength predictions.
    Apple, please take a look at the physical issue here by looking at a users phone. This can not be fixed by software alone.
    Imac 2.66ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,900 points)
    What does your comment about antenna attenuation have to do with the original poster's question regarding the size of photos, Chris?
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • Christopher Mann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dave my apologies, i was reading the reception blogs and somehow this has appeared here. Again sorry to all.
    Imac 2.66ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • DianeX Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 12:55 PM (in response to esreverse)
    For what it's worth, I agree with OP's wish for an option to choose iPhone camera resolution. Just seems reasonable to be able to select lower resolution (and storage requirement) photos if that is sufficient for your needs. Many people just want to take snapshots with their phone. And no point really, to belabor alternatives, workarounds, and things like how often you should move your photos to your main computer.
    I don't agree that it's a "disaster", but it is disappointing. But sometimes just a choice of words gets picked on in a post because of context (or language differences). I'm sure glad I don't have to post here in German (or any language I only studied in school when I was young)
    PC, Windows Vista, Dell Inspiron Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 2x4MB
  • Craig Baron Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 1:06 PM (in response to DianeX)
    As usual, apple has decided on simplicity and did not include an option that the majority of people would not use or would set incorrectly. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand why anyone would use less than the maximum resolution of their camera. A 2MB photo is a snapshot, I can't imagine wanting a lower resolution. I also don't understand failing to transfer photos to a computer as quickly as possible; they can not be backed up until they are transferred to the computer. I also can't imagine actually showing a photo to anyone without processing it on a computer.
    MacBook Pro, PB G4, Minis, iPad, iphones 3GS, 3G, ipod Touch, Apple TV, etc., Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Done that Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Take pictures with the front camera.
    Mac Pro 2.66, Macbook, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Airport Extreme, Apple TV, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • phxflyboy Calculating status...
    As a professional photographer, hearing that you convinced all your friends to not use the highest resolution on their digital cameras, is sad. ALWAYS take the original in the highest resolution unless memory space is an issue. Then do it anyway. You can always reduce later, can't ever increase resolution. I do, however, understand where your logic is coming from. A higher megapixel count does not a better camera make. But, once you have that higher megapixel camera, it's going to use that small sensor no matter what resolution you set it at. All it comes down to is memory size. Don't confuse megapixels (in the camera sensor) with megabytes (in the file size).

    Again, ALWAYS shoot with the maximum resolution.

    PC, Windows XP
  • kramey74 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    Agreed. When it comes to size vs quality..well I can buy more space but I can't ever upsize a photo once I've ruined it.

    Having worked for several digital photo software companies (Apple as well, as an upper level tech) I've had to explain this to countless novice photogs. I think shows like CSI and their magical sharpening tools have tricked people into thinking tricks like that are possible.

    Resizing images using software isn't a work around. It's standard work flow.
    iPhone 3gs, iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • scottw03 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    "Go waste someone else's time"

    Funny I was thinking the same thing about your original post. It isn't that bad man.

    Put it in as a suggestion for a future firmware update and call it quits.
    Sony VAIO, Windows XP
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
    esreverse wrote:
    True Photoshop or Aperture (which I use for my DSLR images) won't destroy meta data, but opening every single photo in Photoshop is a workaround and a half!

    Remember you can just use Bridge to batch process all your files in one hit.
    Set up a new action in Photoshop to resize or compress or whatever you want and select the action to be run once you've selected all the photos in bridge.
    Practically a one-click solution. You could do a few hundred photos in a couple of minutes
    I can only help one person each day...and today is not your day, ...tomorrow doesn't look good either!


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