Is this a valid comparison?

Started Mar 19, 2013 | Questions thread
bowportes
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Re: I don't think it's the right way to think about it final response
In reply to BHPhotog, Mar 22, 2013

Whether they know it or not, everyone shoots raw and then uses a jpeg engine to convert it.

Some use the in-camera jpeg engine to automate the process and never see the raw data.. Others use out of camera jpeg engines known as raw developers because it gives them more control and latitude.

In questions of aesthetics, there can never be a "best." Sure, you can say "this image has less noise," but sometimes grain is desired.  Even my uneducated, great-grandmother recognized that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." To argue there is one best jpeg output is like arguing that one creative art filter is objectively better than a completely different one.  Absurd.

The original question asked us to compare an olympus raw converter (in camera) to an Olympus raw converter (out of camera). The algorithms could be the same. The issue, essentially, is whether you want to throw out the raw data or save it to a file (so you can do it differently).

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