It would seem I was right - there was something to the particular downloader used and my recent rash of awful shots! I went out in the yard today and shot about 45 photos of just stuff, nothing spectacular. I used the same settings I have been using on the camera [program mode with shutter priority shift]. I downloaded the shots to the PC using the photoshop downloader. Everything once again was saving as medium 5 in photoshop AND I was able to zoom in using photo shop to get a close up crop of most things and they were clear! I got some great shots of a tufted titmouse on the bird feeder. So for future reference - anyone who has windows Vista, DO NOT use its picture downloader to download your photos from your camera to PC - it stinks! :thumbdown: [see my earlier pot "could this be what I am doing wrong"] And all this time I was worried something was wrong with my camera - or me! Thank you all for your input, gotta go almost time for the Eagles game to start.