It's not always possible to save NEF images especially during long trips\nwhere each GByte on the card is the last. :) Some people are always using\nJPG, for example I've seen than on the Ken's Rockwell web site.\n\nI noticed that when I shoot large JPG files with the maximum available\nquality the sharpness from my point of view is not enough, probably because\nof the program using by this camera. If it "notices" faces it switches to\nthe portrait mode making the images softer. Sometimes I even can't explain\nwhy the images are looking so soft regardless of the number of details that\nI'm expecting to see on them.\n\nTo resolve this issue I made several tests and finally switched the camera\nsharpness forever to +2. The images became a little bit larger, but not\ndramatically, I think because of the details remaining in the files. That's\ngood, we can always destroy these details using computer. But what's the\ndownside of always keeping the camera sharpness +2?\n\nI remember one thread in this NG a few month ago when somebody compared the\nsharpness of the Canons and the Nikons in jpg mode. Nikons were usually\nsofter in the same environment making images under the same conditions. From\nanother side both RAW files were pretty close telling us that the final\nsharpness of the images is nothing else but the JPG compression. Somebody\neven recommended to correct the sharpness in Nikon to get similar JPG\nimages.\n\nDoes anybody has any good recommendations based on his own experience? Maybe\nsome statistics? Maybe there are some traps noticed when we switch the\nsharpness to maximum? I'm not talking now about images where softness is\nrequired, no, there are the number of the situations like these. But for\nexample if I want to shoot the image with the maximum details available and\nthe Auto mode is not able to give it to me...\n\nSo please give me any good advice.\n\nThanks,\nJust D.