Shouldn't Raw and JPEG be 100% identical right out of the camera?

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MaciekPruski Regular Member • Posts: 254
Re: There's no such thing as a "RAW image right out of the camera"

Iliah Borg wrote:

Bob wrote:

RAW image files need to be processed by software so that YOU see it as an image. Otherwise it's just a bunch of numbers.

Any file is just a bunch of numbers. A JPEG is hardly any easier to display

That's a technicality, but for practical purposes a jpeg file is ready to be viewed by any image viewer software or printed and has a certain "look" built in- ie. all the curves applied, white balance set, color set, , demosaicing done etc.

A RAW file itself obviously has none of that and is only "raw" data from the sensor that needs processing, it can be only made to look the same as OOC jpeg if the RAW development software is set to use the camera's profile for jpeg processing and it has to be the same profile that the camera would have used for this particular picture (most cameras have many picture profiles)

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