Which compression? Normal!

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Which compression? Normal!
Dec 1, 2009

IMHO, the most an important passage in KR's review http://kenrockwell.com/canon/compacts/g11.htm of the G11 is this:

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Compression

I shoot at NORMAL. You set this with FUNC. It's the setting one up from the bottom.

NORMAL is a stair-step icon.

Canon cameras default to FINE, which is the quarter-circle icon. The images look the same, but take up twice as much file space.

Forget the Super Fine mode (an "S" in a quarter-circle). It wastes even more file space, and still looks the same as NORMAL.

Think I'm kidding? Shoot the same picture at the different settings, and you won't see any difference. The G11, like all compacts, has so much image noise, even at ISO 80, that the compression level makes no difference.

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This is EXACTLY the same experience I made with all my recent and previous Canons. EXACTLY. Fine and superfine is just a waste of storage and transfer time.

I would be interested in different rationales though.

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