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Nikon and JPEG XR -- Upgrade or Replace?


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reader Registered since 22nd Mar 2006
Sun 20-Apr-08 09:18 AM

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.