Embedded zerotree (EZW) and Set Partitioning in Hierarchical Trees (SPIHT) coding, introduced by J.M. Shapiro and Amir Said, are very effective and being used in many fields widely. In this study, brief explanation of the principles of SPIHT was first provided, and then, some improvement of SPIHT algorithm according to experiments was introduced. 1) For redundancy among the coefficients in the wavelet region, we propose differential method to reduce it during coding. 2) Meanwhile, based on characteristic of the coefficients' distribution in subband, we adjust sorting pass and optimize differential coding, in order to reduce the redundancy coding in each subband. 3) The image coding result, calculated by certain threshold, shows that through differential coding, the rate of compression get higher, and the quality of reconstructed image have been get raised greatly, when bpp (bit per pixel)=0.5, PSNR (Peak Signal to Noise Ratio) of reconstructed image exceeds that of standard SPIHT by 0.2~0.4db.