Nikon and JPEG XR -- Upgrade or Replace?
When I see that Hasselblad has enthusiastically endorsed the new JPEG XR format based on Microsoft's HD image technology, I begin to wonder not HOW LONG it will take to appear in cameras but WHETHER it would be a firmware upgrade or require the purchase of a new camera altogether?
Let me oversimplify for a moment:
• wider colour palette
• finer gradations
• in-camera imaging processing support
• faster burst-mode photography
• better compression (files half the size of current JPEG)
• support has been pledged by Adobe (Photoshop plugin already available)
Changing standards is never a six month project. It will take considerable time. But any purchase decisions may be based on whether it is going to be as easy as adding firmware or whether a chip will be required to make the processing faster to take advantage of everything JPEG XR seems to offer.
#1. "RE: Nikon and JPEG XR -- Upgrade or Replace?" | In response to Reply # 0esym Registered since 21st Jan 2006Sun 20-Apr-08 12:33 PM
Here's an article comparing the two with some interesting observations.
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#2. "RE: Nikon and JPEG XR -- Upgrade or Replace?" | In response to Reply # 0NFG Registered since 05th Jul 2007Sun 20-Apr-08 06:09 PM | edited Sun 20-Apr-08 06:10 PM by NFG
Theres one word which always rings alarm bells when ever standards are concerned - 'Microsoft' renowned for its enhance, extend, exterminate policy.
I would imagine availability would be on new bodies, theres nothing quite like this for manufacturers to rub their hands with glee at the prospect of sales for a particular technologies sake.
As for a firmware update, then this depends on existing processor being able to support it along with a compelling reason to spend development time on a firmware upgrade to implement it.
Ill be sticking with raw
Automatic? thats far too clever for me...
#3. "RE: Nikon and JPEG XR -- Upgrade or Replace?" | In response to Reply # 2Don Olson Registered since 05th Nov 2006Mon 21-Apr-08 02:29 AM
I would say two words in this that make me quiver. Microsoft AND Hasselblad.
Microsoft is always looking for a problem to make and Blad just shot themselves in the foot I think. The other options for MF look like they have no trouble exceeding a blad's performance are less expensive and backwards compatable.
Does anyone remember Betamax or laser disks.