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Old Oct 13, 2009, 8:13 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by buckduke View Post

I've just purchased a Lumix FZ35 to replace my previous digital.
I set the camera to 12meg picture size and the jpeg quality to maximum. This is a 12 meg camera but the file size, according to PS, is 32 megs. That's huge for a jpeg and I don't understand how it can be so. Could someone please explain that to me?

You're a bit sloppy with your terminology which is leading you astray. "Meg" is not a proper term by it self, ever. It means "a million of something" and is somewhat meaningless without specifying what "something" you are talking about. The "12 meg camera" probably means "12 megapixel camera". The 32 meg in PS is going to be "32 megabytes". "Bytes" and "pixels" aren't the same thing.

Where are you seeing the "32 megs" in PS? Unless you are seeing this in a JPEG export dialog its not referring to a JPEG file.

PS can't actually edit a JPEG image, no image editor can. When you open a JPEG in any image editor, including PS, the JPEG is decompressed and converted into a different format for editing. PS, as a convenience to the user, "remembers" that the file was originally a JPEG and will recompress it to JPEG format when you use "Save" automatically without you having to take the extra step select JPEG. It even remembers the compression level and applies the same level of compression (Save as... is provided for when you want the save to be a different format or different compression level). While PS is editing the uncompressed image it will display the size of this uncompressed image. This is likely the 32 megabytes you are seeing. The resaved JPEG will be smaller.
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