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Old 18-10-2006, 21:43   #1 (permalink)
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One of my fellow students has an Olympus E500 and is shooting in Raw but wants to be shooting in Jpeg. A few of us have looked through the menus but can find no setting for Jpeg in the file formats. There is Raw, Tiff, HQ, SQ and SHQ (I think!). I've just done a quick internet trawl and found reference to a "SQ Jpeg" but not sure if that's the right setting. Could anyone shed some light on this for us please?
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Re: Help with Olympus E500

If i were a betting man, I'd say the HQ, SQ, and SHQ were the jpegs. All of the cameras I've seen that shoot jpegs have three quality levels, usually basic, normal and fine. This will be the compression factor. I suspect the HQ is basic, the SQ is normal and the SHQ is fine.

Put a blank card in the camera and see how many images it will hold on each of the settings, Basic will give the most and fine the least, or take three identical shots at each setting and check out the file sizes. This may also revel the file extension in the EXIF. If not put them on a widows computer, and hover the cursor on the thumbnail. This will tell you the image size and file extention.
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Re: Help with Olympus E500

I have not used an Olympus digital camera either but I would also put my money on Dabs answer being spot on.
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Thanks both...I suspect you are right so I will pass that informaiton on,.
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Re: Help with Olympus E500

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One of my fellow students has an Olympus E500 and is shooting in Raw but wants to be shooting in Jpeg. A few of us have looked through the menus but can find no setting for Jpeg in the file formats. There is Raw, Tiff, HQ, SQ and SHQ (I think!). I've just done a quick internet trawl and found reference to a "SQ Jpeg" but not sure if that's the right setting. Could anyone shed some light on this for us please?
I can confirm that Dab is right and offer you the following details:

On the Olympus E500, the jpeg settings are:
SHQ (compression factor 2.7:1)
HQ (compression factor 4:1)
SQ (compression factor 8:1 or 12:1)

You can only shoot SHQ at full resolution (3264 x 2448) giving a file size of 6.4Mb
You can shoot HQ at four sizes from 3264x2448 down to 1600x1200, the former being 4.5Mb and the latter just 1Mb.

You can shoot jpeg on their own or you can shoot RAW + Jpg but I am not sure if you can change the jpg quality when shooting RAW.

So, SQ is the lowest quality and I would never use that unless you are taking photos only to use on the internet and are not bothered about the quality at all. Usually you would go for the best quality (SHQ) unless memory space is limited and you want to keep shooting.

I know that is a bit more than you were probably wanting to know but at least you can speak to your friend with the confidence of knowing you are right :o)

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