DNG the RAW answer

Started Oct 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ed_C Veteran Member • Posts: 3,808
Re: Not sure DNG is raw for Nikon cameras

chrswggl wrote:

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.

Wrong.  It does not perform exactly the same functions.  DNG essentially throws away many in camera decisions:  D-Lighting, Picture Control settings, sharpening.  If you are only using an Adobe product to process your file that is OK.  If you ever want to use software that can use those settings then you are out of luck recovering your original choices.

This whole DNG debate always turns silly.  I am surprised Barry P. isn't here yet since it used to apparently be his job to evangelize DNG.  Adobe is not some benevolent company that is giving a format to the world.  All you have to do is read the license and you will know that all rights are Adobes and anyone else is at Adobe's mercy.  In order to process raw files Adobe NEEDED an intermediate format that all RAW files would get converted to.  Every other company that process RAW files from multiple vendors has to do the same thing.  Adobe was just smart enough to try to get manufacturers to write to it natively which helps Adobe.

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