RAW files from D5100
It doesn't matter much how the two files look when you open both. The appearance of the raw file will vary somewhat depending on what software you open it with.
But what matters, is that you can do more with the raw file than you can with the jpeg. You can change white balance, picture control settings, extract details from the higher bit-depth raw file, etc. So it's where you go with the raw file that really distinguishes it from the jpeg.
|Owens Valley Milky Way by ed rader|
from Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..
|Break by Hank3152|
from Motion blur
|Camp by T bird|
from A Big Year - birds
|The Maasai Shepherd by cgravel|
from - African Man - (Portrait in Black and White + A Border)