Replacing the camera
damon.davison at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 17:32:00 GMT 2006
RAW vs. JPEG
> Raw is basically what the sensor sees and jpeg as we know is a
> compressed image format where detail is lost if scaled up or down.
I shoot RAW. Not because the quality is better than JPEG, but because
it allows me to fix blown highlights, within reason. Essentially, RAW
allows you to have the darks from your lowest ISO setting and the
lights from your highest. It is indeed what the sensor sees. Scaling
doesn't really play a role, it's about pixel values, not compression
JPEG quality isn't bad, so that's seldom a problem, especially at 5+
MP. Anyway, I can't think of many cameras in the consumer group that
I don't think having RAW is very important for most people. It might
start to be when more cameras do it. The Canon S80 was supposed to,
but this feature was inconveniently missing when it hit the market.
There are some cameras that do TIFF output.
> the wee image capturing things weren't as wee and hence were a
> bit more sensitive and so overall image quality was better.
There are two things that most camera users will notice about sensor
size. Smaller sensors are noisier, especially in low-light
conditions. All that signal amplification from less light going in is
what does it. On DSLR's, you'll also notice the so-called "crop
factor" from smaller sensors. Less of what the lens is showing hits
the sensor, effectively "cropping" the image down from what would hit
a full-size sensor. It also means that my 50mm lens acts like a 78mm.
If you shoot in low-light conditions, then you want a big sensor. Or
The optical quality is the most important factor for consumer lenses.
Try to find one with a nice lens. http://dpreview.com is probably the
best review site out there and always talks about the optics.
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