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Software (contd.) - RAW conversion

As is normal in our digital SLR reviews I like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and Adobe's Camera RAW plug-in which is now standard with Adobe Photoshop CS.

  • JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
  • Photo Laboratory - Pentax Photo Laboratory (Bright & Natural tones)
  • Adobe Camera RAW - Adobe Camera RAW 2.4 (Photoshop CS plug-in) (click here)

Sharpness and Detail

Although not immediately obvious from the crops below there is a very significant difference in resolution and sharpness between JPEG and RAW. Indeed it's so significant as to consider the in-camera JPEG mode as significantly lacking. The best overall image sharpness and reproduction of detail would be between Photo Laboratory in Bright mode and Adobe Camera RAW. As we've come to expect the Adobe Camera RAW image is the cleanest (while still appearing sharp).

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Everyday shot comparison (RAW only)

Below you will see a comparison of conversion of an 'everyday shot' (RAW) between Pentax Photo Laboratory and Adobe Camera RAW.

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The 100% crops below clearly demonstrate that the *ist DS is capable of excellent resolution and clear detail as long as you're willing to shoot RAW. My choice of the three options below would be Adobe Camera RAW which manages to extract maximum detail from the image without the image looking over-processed or over-sharpned.

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