I Will Not Shot in RAW

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Don_Campbell
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Re: I Will Not Shoot JPGs
In reply to DonA2, May 22, 2013

DonA2 wrote:

ljfinger wrote:

DonA2 wrote:

Well, they (Canon) didn't include RAW in the SX10/ 40.  I have both and haven't missed it.  My wife's S100 has it.  Doesn't know how to use it and certainly doesn't care or even knows what it means.

If she doesn't know, that's why she doesn't care.

Having skipped the SX50 I do look forward to the 60 and I still won't make use of it.  Actually, I might take a quick look just to see why I don't really care.

How do you know you won't care if you actually understand it?

If you shoot in high dynamic range conditions, or if you miss perfect exposure or white balance, or if you shoot at high-ISO and want to get better detail recovery or lower noise, then raw can help a great deal.

If you always shoot at low ISO and always nail exposure and white balance, then the advantages of shooting raw are much smaller.

The food analogy is valid.  If you buy cooked, prepared food, it can be good.  But if you buy raw food and cook it yourself, you have the opportunity to cook it the way you want it, instead of the way some cook you don't know thought it should be.  Shooting in JPEG means your cook is an engineer in Japan that hasn't seen your subjects or your photos.  There's not necessarily something wrong with that (I shoot in JPEG a lot as well), but it is restrictive, especially so if the conditions are difficult.

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Lee Jay
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Lee Jay, You know I agree with you on the benefits of RAW and I do understand it.  Until, (if) I move up into something more than a tiny sensor, fixed lens zoom camera it won't be of much interest.

I apologize in advance for being repetitive. Raw capability is more of an aid in small sensor cameras than it is in large sensor DSLRs. That's because it can give you greater control over noise reduction which is more of a small sensor problem. It can also let you control sharpening better than the in-camera processing and it gives you more ability to get the most out of the limited dynamic range of the small sensor.

If you're happy with your results without those advantages, as you seem to be, that's totally fine with me. However, it is not true that raw capability is more important for larger sensor cameras. Those large sensor cameras have far less need for customized noise reduction and customized sharpening and they have far less of an issue with dynamic range.

Don

I am a fully dedicated SZ shooter and fully accept it's limitations.  Lazy and old may be my best defence but RAW simply demands more than I care to give it.

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Don V. Armitage

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