"Optimal quality" JPEG Compression: Worthwhile?

Started Oct 24, 2008 | Discussions thread
joseba New Member • Posts: 3
Re: "Optimal quality" JPEG Compression: Worthwhile?


it's not what you asked, but are you aware that you lose a lot when shooting JPEG, whichever settings you use?

This is not about the last 1% of image detail, but about dynamic range. RAW has about 5 stops more dynamic range. With this you can recover highlight details that you'd never believe are there if you only look at the JPEG.

In other words, RAW allows you to "underexpose" and "overexpose" by 2 stops in postprocessing by software - it's like a built-in HDR.

For me it's one of the amazing features of the camera which I wouldn't miss.

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