Today's announcement of Silicon Film bundling Genuine Fractals (GF) with EFS-1 is truly good news. It confirms that Silicon Film is living up to the promises made at last year's shareholders meeting. And it solves the resolution "problem" quite nicely.
From Altamira's PR: "Altamira technology allows users to work with smaller, more agile images, which can be easily transported, stored, or increased in size while maintaining the sharpness of the captured image. For example, a consumer digital 1.3-megapixel camera can typically produce a 3 x 4 inch print, at 300 dpi. Now, with Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE, an 8 x 10 inch print can be generated.
"Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE is the ultimate digital camera accessory,� said Bob Goldstein, Altamira's president. �The growing number of consumer-level digital camera owners desire the ability to make high-quality enlargements of their favorite images at home. Our new product provides the solution they demand."
In my opinion, 300 dpi is the printing resolution that people call "photo quality". With this in mind, GF lets EFS-1 users make 8x10's. When you think of how a typical prosumer uses pictures, I believe that 8x10 is a large as they would usually go unless they had a very specific use in mind. In such a case, for example a family portrait for over the fireplace, they wouldn't go digital at all.
So does GF work at advertised? I have taken some of the samples from the Silicon Film website and worked with them using the GF demo in Photoshop 6.
See the results at the website below, and let me know what you think!
Thanks for the compare, but to be honest, to my untrained eyes the example on the right was better than the left. But they both looked fuzzy. What do I know, my Mamiya broke so I use a Cannon sure shot now. Thanks,
Once again, i_am_lost you have done a genuinely fine review. I found the program pretty easy to use, and I consider myself a digital dummy. GF PrintPro give me the ability to take photos in 640x480 (minitor res for web) of an upper torso, and crop and resize a headshot that looks like I took it at a higher resolution setting. This will save a lot of drivespace but mainly, for us with just 64 megs of RAM, and that is most poeple, we can continue to work with what you pro's would call unusably teeny weeny files, but is all my computer can handle. Now, LYNN!! if you are listening--give this guy a beta test model--he deserves it!