RAW vs. JPEG

Started Feb 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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HumanTarget Senior Member • Posts: 1,062
Re: High values are useful in editing, only...

I don't typically like comparisons like that (though it seems pretty well done in this case) because the difference in the person's processing skills between RAW and JPEG can be too much of a variable.  Though there's no question RAW gives you more latitude for editing.

One thing I'd like to point out in the ISO 6400 example is that he could've shot the RAW at ISO 3200, boosted the brightness, and gotten the same results.  The 5D Mark II uses software adjustments after ISO 3200 (you'll notice in DPReview's DR tests that the camera loses 1 stop of DR for each boosted value after ISO 3200).  That's a big benefit to RAW; the ability to shoot in low light without clipping the highlights early.

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