Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Save Space: Skip the Super Fine JPEG Setting

I understand that we are in fact living in an age in which storage space is rather cheap, but that doesn't excuse us from waisting space simply for the sake of doing so.

Respected Dpreview author/reviewer Andy Westlake made the following comments on a dpreview thread several months back in regards to the Olympus Super Fine JPEG setting on the EP-1:

Once you've found where Olympus hid SF compression, I'd strongly advise you take a load of shots at both levels and look at them extremely closely. Then, when you've satisfied yourself there's no visible advantage to using SF, you can set the camera back to Fine and stop wasting your card space.
Seriously, there comes a point where decreasing the JPEG compression level is pointless, it just gives larger files. For example Photoshop allows settings of 1 - 12 for quality, but most experts will tell you there's little point going above 10. Olympus's SF JPEGs are considerably larger than Photoshop's set to 12.

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