2 Megapixels Vs Original Format in Nikon Snapbridge

Nikon Snapbridge enables photographers to connect to smart devices and transfer their images, so they can be instantly uploaded to the internet. You can choose to download your files in 2 MP or the original format.

This article explains what is the original format in the Nikon Snapbridge, what is downloading in 2 megapixels in Nikon Snapbridge, and when to use either of these 2 options.

What is the original format in Nikon Snapbridge?

The original format will be the full RAW file, depending on what setting you have selected in your camera. This will have full resolution and as a result, will take more time to transfer and will take up more space on your memory card.

RAW offers the best image quality and maximum flexibility in editing the images, but it is less convenient because the files require a lot of post-processing to use them.

What are 2 Megapixels in Nikon Snapbridge?

One of the 2 options in Nikon Snapbridge is downloading in 2 megapixels. So if you do not want to download a RAW image, this option downloads a 2-megapixel JPEG copy of the selected image.

Downloading in JPEG is far more convenient because of its wide compatibility, but it does not offer the same quality benefits as RAW. However, they are easy to email or share on social media.

When to use 2 Megapixels?

If you choose to download your file in 2 Megapixels, the file will transfer much faster due to its small size and will allow you to share it on social media without much editing.

You can use this setting when you want to save space on your memory card and wish to share the images directly out of the camera without any post-processing, especially if you have many pictures to share.

If you’re shooting a time-lapse, you can choose to download in 2 megapixels, as in time-lapse photography every frame does not need maximum size or quality.

When to use the original format?

If you are looking to edit the image later, then you can choose to download the image in the original format. Raw files are ideal for editing since they contain more detail than a JPEG.

They give you the freedom to adjust images and give you full artistic control as you see fit, especially if they did not turn out exactly as you hoped.

It’s always better to download a large file and make a smaller copy than to be stuck with a small file with less detail and try to make it larger.

Although, processing an image can take up a significant amount of time and can be stressful if you are working against a tight schedule for a client.


When do megapixels stop mattering?


Choose the best option to download your images, keeping in mind the situation. If you wish to share the image immediately, then choose the 2-megapixel JPEG option and if you have time and space, choose the original format.

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