How much can RAW improve the FZ150's IQ?

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longtalker Forum Member • Posts: 79
How much can RAW improve the FZ150's IQ?

Hi everyone,

The final step of my FZ150 vs SX40 comparison is to determine whether, by shooting in RAW, the pictures taken with the FZ150 can be processed to equal (or at least get close to) the image quality of SX40's JPGs, both for low and for high ISOs. As I've mentioned in other threads, the JPGs of the Canon are slightly but consistently (in my opinion) better in terms of IQ than those of the Panny, particularly at high ISOs but also at ISO100.

By playing around with the settings in LightRoom 3 (NR, sharpness, etc) for photographs of various scenes, I managed to get the RAWs to be only a tiny bit better than the (Fine quality) JPGs that were simultaneously produced by the FZ150, which seems to suggest that it's hardly worth bothering with RAW, unless I'm doing something wrong.

I know, however, how important RAW shooting is to experienced photographers, and therefore I'm sure that there is more that can be done with these images than I did, and so perhaps the JPGs that can be developed from them may in fact come to match in quality those produced by the Canon. So if any RAW fans out there would like to have a go at these pics, I'd be very curious to see how much of an improvement can the (properly processed) RAWs bring about, in comparison to the JPGs of the same camera (FZ150).

I guess a fair comparison would be to compare processed RAWs from the Panny with processed RAWs from the Canon, however the latter is proving tricky as the native Canon RAWs are not read by LR, and I have trouble creating DNG files with CHDK.

Links to the RAW files:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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