Has digital camera development hit the wall?

Started Nov 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: "Raw" is not really raw
In reply to Tom Caldwell, Nov 14, 2012

Tom Caldwell wrote:

I think we agree that a raw file gives the ability to change/fix/tart-up the image that was captured at your leisure in PP software. Also that the raw file has the camera settings that are applicable embedded in it so that the PP software knows where to start with it's first-strike jpg example.

Therefore if the image that was captured merely used the straight-up core pixels of what the sensor saw without any in-camera jpg adjustments then the first-shot jpg in the PP software would not necessarily look like what you saw at capture time. It still could be manipulated but if the adjusted jpg that you caught was "pretty close" it would need much less work later.

Everybody is right but it is hardly surprising that we get confused. I still am.

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RAW IS RAW, period.  The fact that you might be looking at in-camera settings first does not change this fact.

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