Continuing the discussion from Optional image optimization before upload:
This feature is now available for testing here on Meta. Uploading an image here will trigger a resize/encode in the user browser before it’s sent to the server.
Please give it a try, here in this topic or in your own community by enabling the “composer media optimization image enabled” site setting. We are leaving it off by default while we test it.
To illustrate the differences, here is a before/after:
The picture is freshly taken from my phone and went from 3.7Mb to 416Kb using our default settings.
The goal of this feature is what @sam described here:
Discourse ships with a 4MB limit for user uploads out of the box. Now I can drag and drop a 58MB JPEG:
And it uploads just fine.