I remember holding my brother-in-law’s Nikon D200 for the first time and browsing its menus. One particular option caught my eye — JPG Compression, which was set to ‘Size Priority’ by default. I looked at the other value that was available, which was ‘Optimal Quality’ and switched to that setting immediately without thinking.
Well, it turned out to be the correct choice. This is IMPORTANT — select ‘Optimal Quality’ for the best possible JPEG out of your D200.
Refer to these posts for more information:
- Link #1
- Link #2 (also on the difference between compressed and uncompressed RAW)
- Link #3 (difference between optimal quality vs size priority)
Nikon D200 Tips & Tricks — Main page