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Cheap digital camera that can save images uncompressed.

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Energize, 10 Jul 2006.

  1. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

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    Location: England

    Need a digital camera for holiday photos and other miscellaneous stuff, the one we have at the moment can have some awful jpeg artifacts so im looking for one that can save images as something uncompressed like bmp. Must be at least 3Mp and have a cf slot.
     
    Last edited: 10 Jul 2006
  2. DizMatt

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Seaham UK

    uncompressed images?
    you need to find one that saves to TIFF then, not BMP
    or a nice little camera that does RAW :)
    the fuji's and panasonics sometimes do tiff however, comparing the tiff and low compression jpgs on my old panasonic I found very little difference
    odds on that you have a fuji maybe already
     
  3. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

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    Panasonic Lumix (the FZ7 and FZ30 i think) cameras can save to RAW format which is completely uncompressed. You will need some software to view the images though (unless you use a Mac).
     
  4. Energize

    Caporegime

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    I have photoshop so that isnt a problem, atm Im using a really crap kodak camera.
     
  5. Damnations Fury

    Wise Guy

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    The Fz7 ( and so I asum the Fz30) don't do RAW, they do TIFF, so the output given will still have all the camera processing done on it, just none of the compression.
     
  6. fini

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Aug 2004

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    If you're looking for a camera that's 'at least 3mp' I'm presuming that the one it'll be replacing is around the same - in which case it's more likely the low mp you're noticing rather than pixilation due to it being a jpg.

    fini
     
  7. m3csl2004

    Hitman

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    canon powershot - i personally prefer the s series
     
  8. King_Boru

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Canada

    The Samsung L 8 5 has excelent picture quality, great camera. 8.1 megapixel for ~£279
     
  9. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Location: England

    Its definatley the compression because it only shows up on certain surfaces, and Im not even looking at the image on a big monitor.
     
  10. Sleepyd

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

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    I think you're going off on the wrong route. Rather than get a RAW/TIFF producing camera, you need to find one that stores high resolution JPEGs - i.e. the compression isn't so harsh.

    Look for one that stores fine/large JPEG images - that should be absolutely fine for your needs.
     
  11. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Location: England

    Your probably right. Another thing I need is a good optical zoom, the one I've got at the moment only has 4x but I've seen some camcorders with 33x. I don't want a big camera though. A 16:9 ratio or wider would be nice to. :)
     
    Last edited: 11 Jul 2006