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On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (275 comments in total)
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Nick Carrigan: Sorry DPReview but you haven't convinced me to shoot in RAW.

You've claimed that shooting in JPEG is a terrible experience. Could it also be a fact that certain companies just have a poor JPEG engine design?

Olympus has created a truly excellent JPEG engine. It isn't just in the XZ-1 but also the E-P/E-PL series as well. Why can't other manufacturer's do this?

Most P&S cameras have awful JPEG engines that can't even compete with an Apple iPhone image. If Apple can make this work, then certainly a *camera* company should be able to -- (a leer towards Canon/Nikon.)

If everyone would invest the time to create a good JPEG engine then RAW mode really wouldn't be necessary for the average user. Sure, RAW has some advantages but it shouldn't be a requirement to justify the camera's IQ.

Personally, I find it sad when I read a review that says "well, the JPEG engine sucks but RAW is great. So, we'll give it a Gold award."

To my mind comparing Raw with JPEG equates to comparing Negative with Polaroid -
Lightroom has been the most rewarding investment I've made; simultaneously simplifying and accelerating my "workflow" managing my files, cataloging and, with .DNG, embedding descriptive metadata into the files themselves, applying image adjustments and embedding them non-destructively. If one's serious enough about photography to invest in a raw capable camara then I see little excuse for overlooking raw's (DNG's) numerous advantages.

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