On the dynamic range of RAW...

Started Nov 30, 2004 | Discussions thread
Jared Hunter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,493
What's the point?

What's the point (from a dynamic range standpoint) of using RAW if bracketing with JPG gives you more range, takes less time to save to memory card, and consumes less space for the entire series of bracketed shots vs one RAW?

As for best possible detail, the 8080 internal RAW to JPG conversion is optimized such that there really is no advantage to using RAW. Most other cameras have poor internal JPG conversion, but the 8080 bucks the trend as these examples show:

http://www.pbase.com/smeagol3/image/29986177/original
http://www.pbase.com/smeagol3/image/30009384/original

It's only at high ISO that there is a minor benefit to being able to apply noise reduction outside of the camera, but this is a separate issue from JPG conversion:
http://www.pbase.com/smeagol3/image/30009382/original

But if the user is really going for the best quality, they would not be shooting ISO400 to begin with.

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