How do I set my Nikon 5100 to shoot pictures that come out under 500 pixels? I want to upload pictures to my website.

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    Uh...... you do know you can resize images, right? – Fake Name Sep 30 '14 at 21:48
  • That's not very many pixels. It's 22x22 pixels. That's tiny. In any event you can resize it in any image editing program. – user4894 Oct 1 '14 at 1:11
  • Upload it on 500px! ;) – clabacchio Oct 1 '14 at 14:53
  • This is an image manipulation question as cameras do not support on-the-fly resizing. – TFuto Oct 1 '14 at 16:25
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    @TFuto Sure they do. Most let you select from a number of resolutions before shooting. And some even let you do it after the fact. – Michael C Oct 1 '14 at 19:34

You don't. The camera can save files in three resolutions:

  • 4,928 x 3,264 [L]
  • 3,696 x 2,448 [M]
  • 2,464 x 1,632 [S]

After taking a photo, you can use the "Retouch" menu's options to help you, though. The "Resize" option will let you resize an image down to 320 x 216. (Consult page 184 of the manual for specific steps.) To be honest, I would not use this feature and would prefer to resize an image after I've got it on my computer and can better work with it.


There are a number of applications that can resize your image. In most of those you can set the size of the longest direction (vertical or horizontal) to 500 and have the program calculate the size of the other direction. One free such program is paint.net (Windows only).

  • The normal version of paint now allows this also. – connersz Oct 1 '14 at 11:43
  • IrfanView, too. :-) – TFuto Oct 1 '14 at 22:53

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