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Old Feb 16, 2004, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Is RAW noticably better than Super Fine in a Canon S50?

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I have just bought my S50 and soon I will travel and I would like to take great pictures in order to develop some of them (15 X 10 cm) after come back home. So I would like to know if the extra storage which the raw format take over the JPEG super fine mode worths. Any information will be appreciate.

OBS: Does the 256MB/512MB Sandisk ultra II worth the extra money in comparison to "normal" Sandisk's cards?

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Old Feb 17, 2004, 9:46 AM   #2
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Hi!

I have just bought my S50 and soon I will travel and I would like to take great pictures in order to develop some of them (15 X 10 cm) after come back home. So I would like to know if the extra storage which the raw format take over the JPEG super fine mode worths. Any information will be appreciate.

OBS: Does the 256MB/512MB Sandisk ultra II worth the extra money in comparison to "normal" Sandisk's cards?

Thanks in advance
Ultra cards are faster in cameras that support them, and I do believe the Canon consumer level cameras do (the Rebel and 10D certainly do). You'll see a speed increase in shot-to-shot times using an Ultra card, over let's say, one of the inexpensive standard compact flash cards you might find at a discount warehouse. Note thought that it will still take several seconds longer using RAW than .jpg regardless, to store each shot. The "Lexar" brand speeded cards will also work well - these are the cards that have a speed rating printed on the upper-right of them (such as 24X, 48X, etc.).

Regarding RAW - if you're only going to be printing at 4x6 to 8x10, most people do not really visually see that much difference between a RAW photo and "super fine" .jpg image. It's when you start doing blowups at a larger size (such as 11x14 inches, etc) that the RAW photo will show a bit better image quality. You do have the advantage when using RAW of being able to fix boo boos in the processing stage though, as with RAW, you can fix white balance and color issues much better than you can a .jpg image. Keep in mind you'll have to use the Canon utility to process each RAW image individually though (or a RAW Photoshop plug-in or similar program), so it's more time consuming to do all RAWs.

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Old Feb 21, 2004, 11:58 AM   #3
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As for the memory card solution definitely go with the ultra memory card over normal sandisk cards they are 10 mps as opposed to 3 mps, thats a pretty big difference if your planning on taking some shots in RAW. Another thing is where to print off your photos taken in RAW, some photo lab machines like the graytag the machine is not capable of reading your photo, as well as the Kodak picture makers. Either do it at home if you can, or go to National Camera, or one of the 9 Best Buy photo labs in the country because they have really nice noritsu machines, so if your in minnesota or pheonix go to bby.
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