Five RAW converters compared
In the comparisons below the JPEG and RAW images were taken within seconds of each other. The labels beside each sample equate to:
- JPEG - JPEG straight from the camera (Large, Fine)
- EVU - Canon EOS Viewer Utility 184.108.40.206
- DPP Shot - Canon Digital Photo Professional 220.127.116.11 (Color 'Shot setting')
- DPP Faithful - Canon Digital Photo Professional 18.104.22.168 (Color 'Faithful setting')
- C1 Pro - Capture One Pro 3.6 Beta * (click here)
- Bibble Pro - Bibble Pro 4.0 (click here)
- Adobe RAW - Adobe Camera RAW 2.3 (unofficial support) * (click here)
* These two converters are not final versions or did not officially support the EOS 20D, as soon as we can we will update this page with results from final versions.
Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart converted using each RAW converter. What's interesting is the fairly significant difference between JPEG / EVU and DPP in 'shot' mode (which is clearly nothing like a standard 'shot' from the camera). Also interesting is that the actual color hues of DPP Faithful, Adobe RAW and Bibble Pro are relatively similar. My personal preference (and visibly the most accurate) is DPP Faithful. The most balanced and least likely to slip into over-saturation or clipping are JPEG / EVU.
|JPEG||EVU||DPP Shot||DPP Faithful|
|C1 Pro||Bibble Pro||Adobe RAW|
Sharpness and Detail
In the samples below the sharpness setting for each RAW converter was set to its default setting (except in the case of DDP where sharpness was set to 2; its default is no sharpening).
- JPEG - 'Mid High' (EOS 20D's Parameter 1 default)
- EVU - 'Mid High' (EOS 20D's Parameter 1 default)
- DPP - Sharpness: 2
- C1 Pro - Sharpening: Soft look, Default
- Bibble Pro - Sharpening: Standard
- Adobe RAW - Sharpness: 25 (default), Color Noise Reduction: 25 (default)
The immediate impression from these 100% crops is that JPEG straight out of the camera and EVU appear the sharpest but closer examination reveals that they also suffer from the most noticeable sharpening artifacts (halos). DPP, C1 Pro and Adobe RAW deliver good sharpness with almost none of the halo artifacts we're used to seeing.
Out of camera JPEG and EVU deliver good sharpness although with obvious sharpening halos. Capture One Pro and Adobe Camera RAW deliver detail images with no sharpening artifacts. DPP once more has trouble with the resolution chart and exhibits some demosaicing and moire artifacts.
|JPEG from camera||Canon EOS Viewer Utility|
|Canon Digital Photo Professional||Capture One Pro|
|Bibble Pro||Adobe Camera RAW|
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