DNG the RAW answer

Started Oct 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP chrswggl Senior Member • Posts: 1,850
Re: Not sure DNG is raw for Nikon cameras

NClens wrote:

Adobe has to interpret the NEF data if you're converting the files to DNG, so I wouldn't call it a true raw file.  If you had something like a Leica M9, which saves files in DNG format, that would be closer to what most people think of as raw.  Since DNG is a Adobe-led format, I'm not surprised that they would load faster than NEFs.  I could be wrong though.

Whether or not one "calls" it RAW, DNG performs exactly the same functions as the original RAW file, but does so faster and with a smaller footprint. Unless you plan on using CaptureNX or don't have time to convert files, I see no downside to using DNGs.

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