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Store JPGs on PC Only


Bill.Richards
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In the Capture Plan Center, if the user selects either option to store the images on the PC (PC only or Camera and PC) then both the RAW and the JPG files are transferred which can take as much as 9-10 seconds.  (I'm assuming that since BYE is primarily designed for astrophotography, the user has chosen to capture RAW images on the camera.)  For some types of astrophotography, this is an excessive amount of time to have the shutter closed.  It would be really nice to have an option to be able to store in both RAW and JPG on the camera, but only transfer the JPG to the PC for viewing, focusing, etc.  That would reduce the "dead time" between frames to 2-3 seconds which would make a big difference.

A good example for when this is important is shooting meteor showers.  You typically want to be shooting at a high ISO for short periods of time, like 15-20 seconds, and taking as many frames as possible.  But if the images are being transferred to the PC, the camera sits idle for ~10 seconds while both the RAW and JPG files are being transferred.  So for a sequence of 20 second frames, the shutter will remain closed for 33% of the time. 

I missed an awful lot of Perseids last week because of this.  I tried the option to store on the Camera only, but there was a bug in the 3.1.18 build that caused it to hang so that wasn't a viable option at the time.  Capturing star trails is another example of where long gaps between frames would be detrimental to the final image.

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