I'm speaking in the context of using a Canon G2 for abt 2 months. I usually shoot using the default settings - highest resolution, fine compression (best is superfine). I find the ease of handling jpg images over raw very helpful.Originally posted by Jerome
I was just about to post my question when I saw zapp's comments. My ques is: Can't images shot in jpg compression mode be controlled in terms of exposure, color, sharpening etc as zapp mentioned?
So far, I've shot on RAW also but I'm going on a holiday soon and I think RAW is simple inappropriate. As Ckiang mentions it's an overkill. But I've not yet observed the differences in RAW and jpeg (say highest resolution and minimal compression) when editing in say Photoshop.
There are times however, that I cursed myself for not going raw. When I took a nice landscape with the sky in a nice blue gradient, I realised I could see compression artifacts when I was touching up the image. I had to select the sky and do a blur to even it out. Another thing is that non-raw modes will apply some form of contrast / sharpening adjustment. For certain shots, I rather do it myself rather than let the camera guess for me. More tiresome to undo when the camera guesses wrongly. I guess in most cases, some compression is ok, but when going for the more subtle changes in tone, raw may be better.
I always shoot in highest resolution. Cos my framing is still crappy and I do a lot of cropping afterwards. After cropping, sometimes only about 1 or 2 megapixels are left of my 4 megapixel image