Setting the Image Recording Quality

Set the recording quality to suit the intended image size for printing, etc. Note that the recording quality will also affect the number of shots the CF card can record. Select the recording quality while thinking about the capacity of the CF card to be used. Also see "Guide to Image-recording Quality Settings" below and "FAQ" on the next page.

Select the image-recording quality.

• Under the [01] tab, select [Quality] and press <©>. Set it to the desired recording quality such as [4 L], then press < © >.

[Quality] will be displayed.

• The figures (**** x ****) displayed on the upper right is the actual pixel count (horizontal x vertical) for the respective quality setting.





fled-eye on/off




Shoot w/o card


Guide to Image-recording Quality Settings



Possible Shots


High quality

Approx. 10.1 million





Medium quality

Approx. 5.3 million


t M



Low quality

Approx. 2.5 million





High quality

Approx. 10.1 million


HS + 4L


* Applies to a 512MB CF card.

* Except for the B9 mode, the JPEG is used to record the image in all the recording-quality modes.

Paper size

A3 (42x29.7cm/16.5x11.7in.)


A4 (29.7x21 cm/ 11.7x8.3in.)

m B + 4L

m IV]



17.8x12.7cm/7.0x5.0in. 14.8x10cm/5.8x3.9in.

17.8x12.7cm/7.0x5.0in. 14.8x10cm/5.8x3.9in.

* Applies to a 512MB CF card.

* Except for the B9 mode, the JPEG is used to record the image in all the recording-quality modes.

L, M, and S indicate the image size. L: Large, M: Medium, and S: Small, d (Fine) and J (Normal) indicate the image quality based on the data compression rate. The d image has higher image quality. If J is selected, the image quality will be slightly lower, but more images can be saved to the CF card.

Which recording quality is recommended?

You have to take into consideration the capacity of the CF card, the size of the paper for printing the image, and the number of shots you plan to take. For example, if you use a 512MB CF card to take 100 shots, select the highest image quality d L. Or if you use a 256MB CF card to shoot 80 shots and want to print on A3-size or larger paper, select J L. If it will be A4 size, select d M.

Can the image-recording quality also be selected in the Basic Zone modes?

Yes, the image-recording quality other than B9 and H3 + d L can be selected. Set the recording quality in both the Basic Zone and Creative Zone modes respectively.

What is the shooting capacity with CF cards other than 512MB?

Format the CF card and check the number of possible shots on the LCD monitor.

I took more shots than the number of possible shots indicated.

Depending on the shooting conditions, you may be able to take more shots than was indicated. Or, you might be able to take fewer shots than indicated. The possible shots displayed is only an estimate.

How many shots can be taken continuously? (Maximum burst)

dL: 27 shots, CM: 10 shots, H3 + d L: 8 shots. In other image-recording quality modes, the maximum burst will be higher than d L. When the maximum burst is 8 or lower, the number normally indicated as "9" on the bottom right of the viewfinder will display a lower number. Note that this number will also be displayed even when no CF card is installed in the camera. Be careful not to shoot without a CF card in the camera.

How large is the file size of one image?

See "File size" on page 166.

When do I use the IS mode?

RAW images require processing with your personal computer. For details, see "About CM" and "About CH3 + d L" on the next page.

About IBS

Gffl is the raw data before it is made into a A L and other images. Although RAW images require software like Digital Photo Professional (provided) so they can be displayed on the computer, they also offer flexibility for image adjustments possible only with RAW. RAW is effective when you want to create your own art or shoot an important subject.

For example, with a RAW image, you can use the software to change the Picture Styles (see next page) freely to create various versions of the same image: Landscape-type colors, monochrome, or even sepia toning. Also, if you took the picture with the wrong white balance (explained in Chapter 4), you can change the white balance without degrading the image quality.

Note that RAW images will not work with direct printing or DPOF. About IB3+4L

Gffl + A\. records both a RAW image and JPEG image with a single shot. The two images are saved to the CF card. Since the A L image is recorded as a processed image, you can view it as is on a personal computer without the bundled software or print it as is. Wth Gffl + A L, the two images are saved with the same file number in the same folder. You can distinguish between them with the image type or extension. The RAW image's extension is"CR2", and the A\. image's extension is "JPG".




0001 .CR2 0001 .JPG


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  • raymond
    What image recording quality do i set my canon rebel xti?
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