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Old Dec 28, 2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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I can get 500 pics on fine but only 250 on superfine with my canon a520. I was just wandering how much better super fine is.
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Old Dec 29, 2005, 12:08 AM   #2
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You could just take two identical photos using superfine and fine. Then view them side-by-side in Photoshop.
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Old Dec 29, 2005, 1:40 AM   #3
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Depends on content of photo, if you take photo of sky or even wall there shouldn't be any difference but in shots with lot of details there could be more difference.
Very detailed shots taken at Fine setting could easily have JPEG artefacts.


2272 x 1704 JPEG Super Fine 1,965 KB
2272 x 1704 JPEG Fine 1,155 KB

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Old Jan 2, 2006, 7:06 AM   #4
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more detail = bigger print outs
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 7:45 AM   #5
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I always shoot at the highest resolution the camera can produce (ie use superfine).

250 shots is a lot of shots for one day's shooting.

Unless you don't like unloading your shots every day, 250 is a fine number to start with.

I shoot RAW format on my Canon 20D and only get about 200 shots to a 2gb compact flash card.

If you're concerned about storing more pics, buy a larger card.

But shooting at a lower resolution is like downgrading your camera to a cheaper camera.

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I always shoot at the highest resolution the camera can produce (ie use superfine).

250 shots is a lot of shots for one day's shooting.

Unless you don't like unloading your shots every day, 250 is a fine number to start with.

I shoot RAW format on my Canon 20D and only get about 200 shots to a 2gb compact flash card.

If you're concerned about storing more pics, buy a larger card.

But shooting at a lower resolution is like downgrading your camera to a cheaper camera.

--- Terry
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 9:40 AM   #7
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Do your own test. Shoot a high contrast edge (e.g., black against a white background). To get different edge angles, make the forgound roughly circular.

In practice, likely you won't seem much difference in most photos -until you want to do a serious crop or print at a very large size.
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Old Jan 5, 2006, 12:57 AM   #8
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You won't see any difference on your day to day photos, until the day you take that special one; the one you want to print out big and frame. That's when you will kick yourself for not using superfine!

Get a bigger card and shoot superfine. You never know when you will need the extra bit of detail.:-)
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