How to Choose File Format, Image Size, and Quality on Your Canon EOS 6D - dummies

How to Choose File Format, Image Size, and Quality on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

One of the first decisions you make regarding your images on your EOS 6D is the file format. You can capture JPEG or RAW images. When you choose the file format, you also specify the image size. If you choose the JPEG format, you specify the quality as well. You even have an option to capture both formats simultaneously. To specify the image format:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    This displays the last used menu on your LCD monitor.

  2. Press the Multi-controller left or right to access the Shooting Settings 1 tab.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Image Quality.

  4. Press the Set button.

    Your image format, size, and quality options display.


  5. Rotate the Main dial to specify a RAW setting.

    Choose this option to capture RAW images, or if you plan to capture only JPEG images, go to Step 6. If you decide to capture RAW images, your options are RAW (5742 x 3648 pixels), MRAW (4104 x 2736 pixels), or SRAW (2736 x 1824 pixels).

    When you select an option, the file size, image dimensions in pixels, and the number of images that can be captured on your memory card in the camera display in the upper-right corner of the Quality menu. If you’re only going to shoot RAW images, go to Step 7. If you plan on capturing both RAW and JPEG images simultaneously, go to Step 6.

  6. Rotate the Quick Control dial to specify a JPEG setting.

    Choose this option to capture JPEG images, or perform this step in conjunction with Step 5 to capture RAW images simultaneously when you press the Shutter button.

    Your options are Large with Fine, Large with Normal, Medium with Fine, Medium with Normal, S1 with Fine, S1 with Normal, S2 with Fine, S2 with Normal, or S3 with Fine. The dimensions, respectively, are 5742 x 3648 pixels, 3648 x 2432 pixels, 2736 x 1824 pixels, 1920 x 1280 pixels, 720 x 480 pixels.

  7. Press Set to apply the change.

    The selected image information displays next to Quality on the Shooting Settings 1 tab.

JPEG or RAW? Which is right for you? The answer to this question depends on how serious you are about your photography. Before you decide, it’s good to know the differences between the two formats.

When you capture an image in the JPEG format, the camera processes the image. The camera also compresses the image based on the quality option you specify in the camera menu. You can store more images on a card when you specify a smaller image size and lower image quality. However, you’ll notice the difference when you print your images.

When you choose the RAW format, you have the ultimate in flexibility. The camera sensor transmits the RAW data to your memory card. What the sensor captures is what you get. You have to process RAW images with either the Canon software provided with your camera or with third-party software such as Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The software lets you fine-tune virtually everything.