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RAW vs. JPEG modes

In RAW mode, unprocessed pixel measurements are dumped to the memory card

Post-processing is required to convert to a viewable image

RAW mode is the only way to gain access to the full bit depth of 12 to 16 bits

RAW files provide greater dynamic range, but noise is not improved

The greater bit depth provides the potential to adjust effective exposure and to make other adjustments

RAW files can be converted to 16-bit TIFF files for further processing

JPEG images are 8 bits per color by definition

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 Pluses and Minuses of Digital SLRs            © Robert Harrington 2004