Difference - JPEG and TIFF

Difference - JPEG and TIFF


JPEG and TIFF files used in digital cameras.

JPEG and TIFF image formats are

Both JPEG and TIFF in it are known image formats that have depending on the application advantages and disadvantages due to their special characteristics.

  • The acronym JPEG stands for "Joint Photographic Experts Group" (in German about "merger of photography experts"), which was published in 1993 and since then the format developed continuously. The JPEG format is currently one of the most commonly used image formats - both in print and non-print area. Most digital cameras store the photos taken directly from in the format as this because of their own compression requires significantly less memory.
  • The TIFF format was introduced in 1986 and updated on a larger scale for the last time in 1992. The abbreviation "TIFF" stands for "Tagged Image File Format", which roughly means "provided with tags image format". The tags include, for example, information about the program, with the image files have been created, or the image width. The TIFF format is used in expensive digital cameras instead of the JPEG format as higher quality storage format.

The big difference between the two image formats

Although there are several properties through which both image formats distinction, the biggest difference probably lies in the compression.

  • While the JPEG format takes place lossy compression, the image information in TIFF format are stored either uncompressed or lossless LZW compression.
  • It logically connected pixels are combined in storing and compressing the images so that less information needs to be stored and therefore decreases the file size. At a relatively low compression of the difference between the original image not too big or in part is not even recognizable. Only at a higher compression significant quality Different become clear.
  • Therefore JPEG files are often used in non-print area, since the file size can be greatly reduced and the images still have an acceptable quality. TIFF files are, however, often used in professional image editing.
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