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Old Feb 16, 2004, 8:22 PM   #1
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Default what SUPER FINE, FINE, STANDARD and ECONOMY mean........

hello again guys! im just wondering what does SUPER FINE, FINE, STANDARD and ECONOMY in the setting of my minolta F100? im just curious what are the improvements or changes if i choose any of this settings? thnx in advance!
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They are the settings for the different jpeg compression levels. The fine setting will provide the best quality pics while the economy will produce the lowest quality. The higher the quality the fewer pics you will be able to store on your memory card. I prefer the highest settings which caused me to buy larger memory cards. You may want to shoot the same subject with the different levels and determine which setting meets your photography style.
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These settings are different amounts of file compression applied to the original image to produce the final JPEG (.jpg) file stored on the memory card. The higher the compression the smaller the file but with the highest loss of oritinal image detal--'Economy' setting in your case. Conversely the less compression the bigger the file stored on the memory card but with higher image quality--'Super Fine'. Basically you can trade off image quality against the number of stored image files you can fit on yor memory card.

Each camera mfg uses a different name for these compression settings (and even within a given mfg's line of cameras there are different names for the levels of compression available. The various settings are relative to each other (no absolute scale) and there is no standard naming convention.

Since memory is cheap these days, shoot at the highest quality available for your camera.
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 8:45 PM   #4
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i always use Large Superfine which makes me have to "dump" the pictures onto my pc more often......but get's better quality.....
so if you use economy you'll be able to fit over 4 times as many pictures (just a guess lol i'm not positive you'll fit 4 times as many)
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gibson already explained it well lol
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 8:47 PM   #5
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Dang, Phil; either you can type a whole lot faster than me or you got a head start!
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Old Feb 16, 2004, 8:47 PM   #6
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thnx for the reply gibsonpd3620. yup i just tried ur adivce to try the dif'rent settings and im using SUPER FINE on 600x400 resolution, i find it a lot better coz it displays just the right size on my monitor. thnx again.
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On some cameras superfine is TIFF. I find TIFF a little impractical for digital cameras. If a camera has raw I use it almost exclusively. But a 5Mp camera takes a 14.4 Mb TIFF. That fills your card, but worse overwhelms most buffers and you are often waiting for writes.

If superfine is a JPG mode it is a good deal. Only better cameras have that and a 5Mp superfine image is only around 3.5Mb. Most buffers handle that and it is worth it to get a card large enough to use it almost exclusively.
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thnx photosbyvito for ur reply also.
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i really only repeated wat gibson said
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slipe - yup i noticed that everytime i use SUPER FINE and transfer it to my computer the file name of my pictures are saved as TIFF.
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