Q: Color space: Adobe RGB or sRGB, does it matter for raw files?

Started Jun 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Gnostos Agnostos New Member • Posts: 12
Re: Q: Color space: Adobe RGB or sRGB, does it matter for raw files?

Photo raw files have nothing to do with color space or white balance. Color space is usable and important with JPEG files. Whatever color space or white balance you choose is irrelevant if you only shoot raw. Raw files record whatever the image sensor captures. However the selection of AdobeRGB or sRGB is recorded into the metadata tag of the raw file and may be used in case you automatic transform raw files to jpeg files.

In general raw files ignore any special selection of the camera except the f/ number, ISO and shutter speed. That's why they are remarkably bigger than JPEG one. However raw files are manipulated by some cameras. Until recently sony was using lossy compression on raw files which was slightly deteriorating their quality https://m.dpreview.com/articles/2834066212/the-raw-and-the-cooked-pulling-apart-sony-raw-compression . Also sony changes the color depth of raw files in continuous shooting mode from 14bit to 12bit https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3880835 .

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