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Old 12 October 2012, 18:33   #11
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shoot RAW /NEF , this means you will always get best quality!

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I've got this and a RAW/NEF fine.

If I set it to this does that mean that the downloaded files to the Computer will be in this format too and that I'll have to manually change them?
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my Nikon I can have jpeg and NEF , NEF us the raw file do if you need to use it you got the best.

so I shot in dual mode

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Old 13 October 2012, 04:45   #13
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I've got this and a RAW/NEF fine.

If I set it to this does that mean that the downloaded files to the Computer will be in this format too and that I'll have to manually change them?
Yes RAW files need to be processed, the software to do this is included with the camera CD. RAW is not a standard format, i.e. Canon RAW is not the same as Nikon RAW. The file suffix will be different to reflect this e.g. Canon is CR1 and Nikon NR1.

RAW files will be much bigger than JPEG as JPEG are compressed.

If you edit an image always keep the original file.

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RAW is the way to go if you are a pro and have a good understanding of editing suites and more importantly want to change white balance after the event. However, for the majority of us amateurs the in-camera jpeg will produce a more than acceptable output 99% of the time. In fact, google Gary Friedman. He writes very informative but simple to understand articles and has recently been doing seminars to illustrate that jpegs are often superior to RAW for many situations.

Take a simultaneous RAW and jpeg in a slightly challenging condition such as where some noise reduction would be introduced in-camera. Take a close look at the resultant images. I think that unless you are an editing pro you will struggle to get the RAW to match the jpeg in overall acceptability.
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The guys who do my brochure work capture everything in RAW (highest quality - guessing no compression?) and after editing etc., save them as JPEGs for the publishers/website guys. JPEG is fine for snaps and tests, but RAW will be what you'll use for the portrait work. The files are huge and will take longer for the camera to save, reduce storage and possibly slow/prevent continuous shooting? Not sure about the last...
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However, for the majority of us amateurs the in-camera jpeg will produce a more than acceptable output 99% of the time.
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The files are huge and will take longer for the camera to save, reduce storage and possibly slow/prevent continuous shooting? Not sure about the last...
As the files are large it could slow/prevent continuous shooting as the camera has a buffer where it stores the data before saving it to the card. Once the buffer is full then no more shots can be taken.

Storage cards have different data transfer rates so the rate of transfer from the buffer to the card will vary depending on the speed of the card in use. I only use SD/SDHC cards so I am not sure if this applies to other card formats.
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I always believe shooting at highest resolution and highest quality. Once you captured image you can never go back And get it improved.

Garbage in / Garbage out

That saying most people will not appreciate or need the ultra high resolution, Infact I prib don't either!

the last time supplied pictures to local press, they asked for Jpegs - and that was published front page, With heading - Inferno! , it was an old school burning down at night, but not exactly glossy magazine.

each to there own, i suppose!i
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for the majority of us amateurs the in-camera jpeg will produce a more than acceptable output 99% of the time.
Shot some stuff recently on a Nikon D5100 in both RAW and jpeg and compared the results. A straw poll of three all thought the jpeg were better without knowing which was which.
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Well I have a DSLR and in hightest quality vs raw there is not much in it at all.
I always use just the highest quality and can blow up to A4 without any loss of definition. could probaly go higher but my priniter wont do bigger lol.
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