Does anyone here have experience using FITS files?

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joe173 Regular Member • Posts: 413
Re: Does anyone here have experience using FITS files?

That file format would not be appropriate for digital cameras, too many data fields that would never be used. It is for equipment that has not the engineering constraints (space, array size, etc) that small cameras have. In ten years, JPG will still be the dominant file format because it is backward compatible with most software programs and because it is "good enough" for most people and anybody can read those files. Change would require all of that old software to be updated. All web hosting companies, all graphics software companies, all camera processing companies would have to redesign their software for a new format not to mention hardware, chips, etc. As data size creeps up, file compression is more necessary. Google's JPEG Guetzli encoder is an example.  The future is in better file compression using the existing format containers.

Now for new technologies which may or may not take over, light field cameras are one such item, there would need a new file standard.

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