SD9-V1 with a JPEG mode?

Started Feb 14, 2003 | Discussions thread
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Guido Vollbeding Regular Member • Posts: 128
SD9-V1 with a JPEG mode?


this is a follow-up of a current thread, I open a new one just for

This question seems to rise frequently, and I already gave some arguments

I still find it no surprise, as an experienced JPEG developer, that the SD9
does not yet have a JPEG mode.
Consider that it is a completely new technology, and remember that
it took several years for conventional digital cameras to provide straight
JPEG output!

The finest digital images I've ever seen come from Sigma SD9 cameras!
I envy all SD9 owners for their ability to produce the best technical and
most impressive image quality.
If I were in urgent need for a digital camera now or had the required
bucks left, I would no doubt acquire an SD9 rather than any other camera
on the market, as long as no other Foveon X3 equipped device is available.

I still remember the times several years ago when playing with early digital
cameras (Minolta RD-175 resp. Agfa ActionCam). It was pure fun to
experience the digital workflow, and lack of straight JPEG output was no
problem at all and didn't decrease that fun!

So I would advice the impatient people to keep a perspective for longer
periods of time. I'm quite confident that sometime there will be straight
JPEG output from X3 equipped cameras, but this time is not now and
probably not this year, and this prospect shouldn't derogate the fun and
unique opportunities with this device.

The time is now to experience and improve the PhotoPro software
capabilities, before thinking of integrating something in firmware.
I have pointed out some corrections to be made especially in the
PhotoPro JPEG output ( ), and fortunately
Foveon responded. I can't say much here because I'm under kind of NDA,
but a solution is on the way and you can expect a PhotoPro update soon
(can't be more specific, sorry)...

Again, it is obviously a natural approach to work out some issues in
software first before burning anything in hardware/firmware.


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