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Old Feb 3, 2003, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default What file format to save pictures in Win98 ????

Hey, I've owned the camera for 3 days now and I"m almost
an expert.... LOL

Concerned about correct procedures to save original pictures
so that the file quality does not deteriate.
Was told that BMP was better than JPEG..
Or am I all wet....

Appreciate any info and Thanks in advance....
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 10:57 AM   #2
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BMP or TIFF will allow you to open and re-save after editing or color correction with no further compression artifacting but these files take up a lot more disk space. If you don't plan on doing any more editing or correcting you can save the image in JPEG format using a quality factor of about 85-90 and end up with a much smaller file that can also be printed with no problem.

Just remember -not- to destroy your original camera files, treat them like electronic negatives and only edit or alter copies. Blank CD-R disks are cheap (around $0.30-0.35 each) and can hold up to 640MB of images. If you don't already have a CD-Recorder, then get one, they're cheap too at less than $100.

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Old Feb 3, 2003, 11:27 AM   #3
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To add to Steve's advice: Buy an extra hard drive to store your originals photos. The cost of a hard drive is very cheap. I also backup my pics original hard drive to CDR. My 20 gb hard drive will store 25,000 jpg files originals.
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 12:37 PM   #4
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When I get home with a camera full of pics is save them to the HDD and then copy paste them all to a CDR. The Ones on the CDR are not alterable (write once) and will not deteriate.

Any resaving or altering I do is with copies on my HDD and if I mess up I've got the ones on the CDR to fall back onto.

When the CDR is full I make 2 more copies and store safely in a purpose built CD wallet.
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Old Feb 3, 2003, 11:10 PM   #5
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Hey, you guys have been great.
I appreciate your advice, helped me a lot.
Maybe some day I'll be able to do the same for some "newbie"

Thanks again....
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