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Nick Milton
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member since: 8/25/2003
 

Resolution and Compression - Which is Best?


I have a Minolta Dimage 7HI. My question: if storage space is not a problem, what would my best setting be, full resolution and superfine compression, or full resolution and standard compression?

8/25/2003 3:53:22 AM

 
doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
  A compression program actually throws away pixels. If you have any idea of printing or archiving your shots, avoid compression as much as possible. If your camera doesn't shoot in TIF or RAW mode, take your images right out of the camera and save them as TIFs before you start editing them. If the camera saves in JPEG only, do as many edits as you can in one session, then SAVE. Memory cards are only about a dollar or less per MB, and CD's are dirt cheap. Try an experiment and see how much compression you can get away with. Other readers here report pretty good results when they use JPEG compression. Remember, though, that when those pixels are gone, they ain't comin' back.

8/25/2003 8:30:28 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Yes, I agree with Doug - use the superfine mode is that is your best choice. I then save any images that I work on as a TIFF file to keep myself from JPEGing it too much.

8/25/2003 8:46:10 PM

 
Nick Milton
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/25/2003
  I have raw image aavailable,superfine does save as tiff,then theres extra fine jpeg,fine jpeg,and standard jpeg.

thanks guys,i appreciate the help.

nick.

8/25/2003 11:26:42 PM

 
Nick Milton
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/25/2003
  I have raw image aavailable,superfine does save as tiff,then theres extra fine jpeg,fine jpeg,and standard jpeg.

thanks guys,i appreciate the help.

nick.

8/25/2003 11:26:44 PM

 
Ms. Shan Canfield

member since: 3/9/2002
  I think your choice should be based on your own comparison. Take a shot at hq jpeg and the same exposure settings take one as Tiff. Open both in photoshop, zoom in to the shadows and discover which one produces more noise!
From my experience with a Nikon 990,Fugi S2Pro, Olympus E10, the tiffs were much "noisier" Why is this? Well, from the "grapevine" I heard that the JPEG compression works better in some cameras than in others. I thought it was suppossed to be a "standard" thing, but I have to believe what I see. My findings were also re-affirmed when my friend did the same experiment with her S2...so in this case with these cameras, the HQ Jpeg is the better choice because it not only produces a less noisier picture and saves tons of space.

9/8/2003 6:47:52 AM

 

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