By Hitoshi Doi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of my thoughts on the "digital camera" features of the EOS D30 are as follows.
Since this was originally written in 2001, some of it may be outdated. - H.Doi (2004.02.09)
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For the pictures I've taken so far, I see no quality advantage of RAW, so I'll use JPEG. The JPEGs I've taken so far seem better than the JPEGs I get from scanning positives with my Nikon Coolscan III scanner, so I am very satisfied by the picture quality.
I really like the EXIF photo data in the JPEGs! With this data, I can study the shutter speed, aperture, exposure bias, focal length, ISO speed, etc.. at a later time.
I have discovered that you can do a lot with the exposure bias with the RAW format, assuming you have some good software. The quality doesn't degrade like with JPEG, so this can be very useful. For indoor (or slightly dark) photo sessions that doesn't require speed, I might use RAW..
But with digital, I take a lot more pictures than ever before, so post-processing time is important. I don't have time to process RAW, so I just stick to JPEG.
The only problem I have is that there is no way to see what the current setting is when taking pictures. I have to go to the menu on the back screen, and look at the ISO setting. If I can see it in the view finder, and can change it with some of the dial controls, it would be much easier to change it for each shot.
Since this depends on the speed of the CF (or micro-drive), it pays to use those with a decent speed. I wish the benchmarks of the various brands of CF were published somewhere, instead of just writing the specs as 8x or 12x or 16x. The benchmarks I've run with my CF cards are at Compact Flash benchmarks.
I just hope this doesn't happen again..
I have had this problem a couple more times. (;_;)