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Anyone with some camera knowledge that could help?

We bought a bridge camera last year. When we look at the photos on the display of the camera or on-screen on the computer they look absolutely fine. However, when we print the photos from a photo booth they are often blotchy, pictures of people do not come out well at all - face colours are strange, and sometimes the photos are cropped. Does anyone have any idea where the problem lies? I don't think it's the photo booth as we've had the same results in different ones in different countries.
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Re: Anyone with some camera knowledge that could help?

Can you give the viewers more details?

Camera type
Sample pictures with EXIF data.
How you're setting up the prints
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We bought a bridge camera last year. When we look at the photos on the display of the camera or on-screen on the computer they look absolutely fine. However, when we print the photos from a photo booth they are often blotchy, pictures of people do not come out well at all - face colours are strange, and sometimes the photos are cropped. Does anyone have any idea where the problem lies? I don't think it's the photo booth as we've had the same results in different ones in different countries.
The most likely culprit is this photo booth where you are printing from. (where are you printing from?)

1) Check the file-size of the image on the PC and make sure you are not printing out a thumbnail (typically images worth printing are megabytes rather than kilobytes, or at least thousands of Kilobytes)

2) Check the format of the image you are printing, making sure it's a standard like .jpeg or .tiff

3) try an online service like ifolor and see what you get back

If the images look good on your PC then it looks like the fault is with the service you are using to print them out.
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Re: Anyone with some camera knowledge that could help?

I've very basic camera knowledge and probably should have gone for a simpler one, although the hope was this one would allow me to develop my photography interest!

The camera is Lumix FZ45.

We print from the SD card, so the photos are about 3MB and the photos are in jpeg format.

The photos are normally taken using the iA setting or one of the customized settings. I don't know what EXIF data is.

We have printed at MediaMarkt in CH and Boots in the UK, with similar results (ie disappointing). Maybe it's worth trying an online one to see - but would have thought MM and Boots would have been ok.

Are there any settings on the camera I should be looking at?
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If the images look good on your PC then it looks like the fault is with the service you are using to print them out.
Hard to disagree ... if the image looks good on the PC that means the image itself is good, so the problem is almost certainly with the printing.
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Re: Anyone with some camera knowledge that could help?

Instead of printing off the card, download your images to your PC (or Mac) and make sure they look OK there. Try another service like ifolor that allows you to upload your images from your PC (not from the card) and see what results you get.

I would be skeptical of MM and Boots since they are not dedicated to printing, there is obviously no quality control.
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