According to JPEG.org they have not finished writing the standards yet.
I would call it a work in progress.
I take lots of photos in the highest possible quality on my digital camera @ 7.2MP in Tiff file format and have just started converting Tiff into JPEG2000 instead of the normal Jpeg that's lossy. I want to convert my thousands of JPEG family photos to this 'friendly' format, but what you you think?
So just to clarify my point, irrespective of the file sizes in general, is there real benefits to be had from saving in this newer JPEG2000 lossless format?
These are my main pro's and cons of this subject.
-Make adjustments to the original photos and save over and over again without any loss in quality.
-Saves colour profiles.
-Not totally sure on this but i'm sure there was an option for saving layers in PhotoShop.
-Option of saving in different types of JPEG2000 file formats, there's around 5 file formats that comes under JPEG2000. If you want the file extensions I can provide them at a later date on request.
-Can also use lossy compression to save space.
-File sizes are much larger than regular JPEG, but still better than Tiff and Adobe's PSD format that can leave you gasping at the huge files sizes. (Roughly; a normal 2MB JPEG image imported into PhotoShop saves at 100% quality and at just under 1/4 of the file sizes = 500Kb in JPEG2000).
-Not yet widely accessible and requires plugins for InfranView or PhotoShop to view.
-Digital Camera's don't make use of this despite the benefits to made over lossy Jpeg for GREAT quality instead of saving as Tiff's or RAW image formats.
Those were my main points to consider and the benefits of future digital camera having to save as a widely accepted compatible format under JPEG2000 is there for all the see, so that hopefully sometime in the near future, nobody will have to save 'lossy' images anymore!
The horror at times I see friends and relatives who give me their photos to edit and burn only to see in PhotoShop the horrible artefacts within the images. This is despite setting everything up for the best possible picture on compact digital camera. The photos took are just fun photos out on the move but as we move on through the years - you'll see the difference as things will without doubt get much better.
It's not all about how good digital camera are getting but also how good they save them on memory card without any compression but still allow for plenty of photos to be took on them. I'm not thinking about CompactFlash for pros but regular SD, xD Memory Sticks, etc...
Let me know how you see the future of this new file format and whether you intend to use it or not. Have you even heard of it and how?