Why you should shoot RAW: an example

Started Feb 13, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP Docno Veteran Member • Posts: 4,874
Not sure about this

Alpha Jeff wrote:

When you shoot raw and jpg together you are not getting a good
quality jpg. If you want to compare a jpg you need to be shooting X
Fine that will give you better quality. Im not trying to say that jpg
is better than raw but this scenario is not going to give the jpg the
credit it deserves. If light is good and you know your camera jpg is
very nice. If you got a one shot chance and not sure of setting
better shoot raw. That is how I see it.
Jeff.. enjoying my a700

I've done a lot of testing of xFine versus Fine on my 'old' A700 and have not been able to detect any perceptible differences in IQ. Whenever I've asked others here to provide evidence of a difference, no-one responds. So I'm still not sure that there's a real 'seeable' difference in xFine vs Fine. Now granted, that's with the A700... and I'm willing to be proven wrong. That said, the issue here is what the camera is doing in terms of capturing subtle tonal differences. Since xFine-vs-Fine simply represents a difference in jpeg compression, I'm not sure it would make a difference to the shot I posted (at most, you might theoretically see fewer compression artifacts and better detail with xFine... though I haven't tested this on the A900). -Glenn

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