Photo Image Quality Settings


When you use a DSLR camera, the settings on the quality as well as size of images at the maximum level are not always the best. There have been specific situations in which setting the quality or size of images most properly requires more than just selecting the highest numbers of settings. For instance, if the camera is going to run out of the storage capability of the memory card, the image quality or sizes need to be lowered in order to provide enough storage. Or, in case that you’re intending to share a certain number of your images via email or social networks, the resolution should be set lower, so it won’t take a lot of time for uploading.

Photo Image Quality Settings

Photo Image Quality Settings

When you make adjustments on the shooting settings to gain the greatest photography results, you may easily forget to set one important part – it’s the photo quality as well the size at the most proper possible levels.

The following tips will be useful for selecting the proper settings for your different shooting needs.

  • If you have just had an upgrade from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR camera, you may not be aware of the differences of these two camera types in using the number of megapixels for measuring the image quality. Keep in mind that the number of megapixels does not always mean the same image quality. That is normal since DSLRs often have much larger image sensors than point and shoot models, hence the image quality of DLSRs is usually higher.  For example, with the same 10 megapixels, certainly the quality of a photo produced by a DSLR camera is better than a point and shoot model.
  • To check the current photo quality configurations in your camera, just hold down the Info button and the configurations will be displayed on the camera LCD. As an Info button is often available in a DSLR camera, if there is no Info button in your camera, you should check these settings through the camera menus. More common with recently released cameras, you can see the amount of resolution that you are selecting through the corner of the LCD.
  • You can usually select either RAW or JPEG i most DSLR cameras. If you want to edit the images yourself in the post production, you may prefer the RAW format because the file data have not been compressed. However, you should notice that there will be a need for more space to store this type of image while JPEG images accounts for a smaller space. And the RAW format sometimes cannot be displayed in some certain software.
  • In some camera models, you can choose one of a few available JPEG formats. The compression ratio is 4:1 for the JPEG Fine option, 8:1 for the JPEG Normal and 16:1 for JPEG Basic. The image quality is higher and the image size is larger when the compression ratio is lower.
  • For a lot of DSLR cameras, you are able to save images in both RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. This is very nice for ensuring that you can achieve the greatest possible results. And I have to say it again that this will require much larger space for storing the image than just saving a JPEG photo.
  • In the camera’s settings, you should be caution that image size isn’t the same as image quality. The image size refers to the number of pixels of each saved photo, while the image quality is related to the size of those pixels. The common levels of the image quality are often “superfine”, “fine” or “normal” and all of the mentioned settings show you how precise the pixels are. The overall image will be better if it contains more accurate information. However, the image size is accordingly higher, and  more storing space in the camera memory card is required.
  • Several entry-level cameras don’t display the exact number of megapixels in the resolution amount of each image. Instead, it is referred as “small”, “medium” or “large”. The “large” size may lead to an image of 12 or 14 megapixels, and the “small” image size ranges from 3 to 5 megapixels. With some entry-level cameras, the number of megapixels is the only parameter  in the image size menu.
  • In addition, when you are shooting movies, a lot of the above same instructions are similar regarding to the movie resolution and quality. You will work with the menus of the camera to make the setting changes, which enables you to record movies in the quality as expected.

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