Is it just me but are the D5100 JPEGS pretty darn good?

Started Jun 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
bflood Senior Member • Posts: 1,637
Re: Is it just me but are the D5100 JPEGS pretty darn good?

A suggestion: try shooting a combination - select RAW+basic jpg in the menu. You won't be able to get as many shots on a memory card, but cards are cheap and easy to get.

The basic jpg, which will be a pretty good size file, will give you prompt access to an image file you could send to someone or upload to Facebook, as you see fit.  The RAW file will allow you a dramatically larger array of image adjustment options, and will tolerate more adjustment before beginning to show artifacts from too much adjustment.

As someone else said, jpgs are a bit of a gamble.  There will be image effects that will get into some of your jpg files that are characteristic of the jpg format and compression algorithm, not of the image itself. Best to not let the image file do things you can't control to your photos. The jpg format is, by definition, a compressed file, just like an mp3 file for music.  Both file formats achieve their compression by systematically throwing away data - a jpg file for an image will always have less than all of the image data, while the RAW always has all of it.

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