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, Neutral PS, Sharpness 2)
- RIT - RAW Image Task 2.2 (via ZoomBrowser) (Neutral PS, Sharpness 2)
- DPP - Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.0 ('Neutral', Sharpness 2) [link]
- RawShooter - Pixmantec RawShooter premium 2006 ver 1 (official support) [link]
- Adobe RAW - Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 beta (preliminary supported) [link]
- Bibble Pro - Bibble Pro 4.4 (official support) [link]
Getting something we can compare, thanks to Picture Styles
To get something vaguely similar for comparison purposes we set both RAW Image Task and Digital Photo Professional to the 'Neutral' Picture Style with a sharpness setting of '2' which is about as close as we could get to our idea of a default image (as sharpness zero is no sharpening). For the resolution comparison we had to use the 'Standard' Picture Style as this is the camera default and was used to shoot the resolution chart in JPEG mode for comparison to other cameras. (Note that the acronym 'PS' on this page is short for Picture Style).
Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart for that output. As noted earlier in this review there's little difference between JPEG from the camera and RAW Image Task as far as color is concerned. The biggest differences are between RIT and DPP, their color rendition of the supposed-to-be standard Canon Picture Styles varies considerably, this does of course point to an inconsistency from DPP (as RIT is per the camera). DPP Neutral is much less saturated than RIT Neutral and DPP Standard is more saturated than RIT Standard. Very confusing.
|JPEG Standard PS||JPEG Neutral PS||RawShooter|
|RIT Standard PS||RIT Neutral PS||Adobe Camera RAW|
|DPP Standard PS||DPP Neutral PS||Bibble Pro|
Sharpness and Detail
In the samples below the sharpness setting for each sample was set as follows:
- JPEG - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
- RIT - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
- DPP - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
- RawShooter - 'Custom' appearance (default), Sharpness 0 (default)
- Adobe RAW - Sharpness 25 (default), Color Noise Reduction 25 (default)
- Bibble Pro - Camera tone, Sharpening 100 (default)
To be totally honest here isn't a whole lot of difference between any of these crops, all the RAW converters managed to 'reveal' the brushed effect of the watch face and detail. However one converter did have the edge (perhaps because of higher default sharpening), that is RawShooter which had a very crisp and detailed appearance, a close second comes Adobe Camera RAW and Digital Photo Professional. I was a little disappointed with the color artifacts on the edges of highlights in the ACR image (quite unusual for ACR but may be down to the preliminary nature of this Beta copy). The cleanest image with the least artifacts goes to Digital Photo Professional.
The crops below were taken from our new version two resolution chart which can measure resolutions up to 4000 LPH (Lines Per Picture height). As we mentioned before the results from RAW Image Task and the camera JPEG were identical. The biggest difference among the RAW converters was how they handled 'information' beyond nyquist, beyond the absolute resolution limit of the camera. RIT did the same as the camera and blurred it to 'be on the safe side', in the case of RawShooter, DPP, ACR and Bibble however each tried to deliver some kind of detail. With RawShooter, ACR and Bibble the most successful, DPP exhibiting dotted moire artifacts. The cleanest image was from RawShooter followed by ACR and DPP.
|JPEG from camera (Standard PS)||RAW Image Task (Standard PS)|
|Canon DPP 2.0 (Standard PS)||RawShooter premium 2006 (default)|
|Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 (default)||Bibble Pro 4.4 (default)|
|Owens Valley Milky Way by ed rader|
from Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..
|Break by Hank3152|
from Motion blur
|Camp by T bird|
from A Big Year - birds
|The Maasai Shepherd by cgravel|
from - African Man - (Portrait in Black and White + A Border)
Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from peeling CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. Read more
No mic socket? No problem. In this video, Daniel Peters at Photo Gear News shows you how to make a lapel microphone using just a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
The Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is very rare and priced accordingly. It can be yours today for the low, low price of $15,000.
The MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a drone that does not require any human control for recording tracking shots. Read more
In this terrifying video, Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely narrowly misses a sniper's bullet, which takes out his chest-mounted GoPro. Warning: strong language. Watch the video
A new report expects action camera growth to increase about 15% by 2021, with Ultra HD cameras driving demand. Read more
Profiles for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom have been released for Irix's ultra-wide 11mm and 15mm primes. Like all profiles, these correct for distortion and vignetting.
An upcoming firmware update from DJI will cripple its drones unless they are 'activated' on the company's website. Live streaming will be turned off and flight radius/altitude will be limited.
Brent from ShareGrid rounds up the 10 most common products filmmakers are renting from one another for productions; chances are good you own one or more of them.
DaVinci Resolve is making strong moves to compete with Premiere and Final Cut Pro, including affordable control panels for colorists. According to Premium Beat, they're really good.
If you are not planning to fly your drone commercially you are not required to register it with the FAA anymore. This decision was handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
Whether you're syncing a flash, wondering why banding is appearing in your image or getting strange images from your camera's silent shutter mode, the way your shutter works has a role to play. Here's what happens when you press the shutter button. Read more
William Vazquez travels all over the world documenting humanitarian work. He spoke to us about the challenges of his work, the importance of research and why a multitool and duct tape are your best friends in the field. Read more
These ten film cameras stand the test of time. They are easy to find, affordable and capable of excellent results. Read more
Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş uses a drone, 3-D rendering and Photoshop to create mind-bending landscapes.
They're offering tips for composing selfies and converting to black and white.
Whether you're seeking ultra-high resolution, first-rate autofocus or 4K video capture, there are some supremely capable 'semi-pro' cameras available. Find out which models we liked best in our updated semi-pro camera roundup. Read more
With composition specified by the director, drones may one day be able to navigate a movie set on their own.
Canon has made the previous version, 1.1.0 available for download again.
Impossible? Not if you have a fast lens and 5 stops of stabilization.
This 'strictly limited edition' is a refurbished original Polaroid 600 redesigned with a custom two-tone paint job.
Nikon today announced a reorganization of its corporate structure which will see several divisions and business units closed or merged. Read more
High school students from New York got he chance to shoot along with award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv in Morocco.
VentureBeat reports that Monday's Surface Pro announcement will bring evolutionary updates to Microsoft's high-end Windows 10 tablet.
The Japanese Camera Journal Press Club has awarded Olympus three out of its four annual prizes after voting by photographic magazine editors and readers.
The photos are great, but whether drones should have been flying in a couple of these places is debatable.
It's not dead yet! A few years ago several high profile filmmakers convinced Kodak to keep making motion picture film. Now they need more facilities to process it.
We made a vlog about vlogging with the M6 (which we used to make the vlog).