How many millions would you find enough?

It’s common knowledge that professional photographers have a strong preference to RAW image format rather than JPEG. RAW files contain more information about the images, but do you know why that happens? One of the reasons is the ability of the RAW image format to capture files at a higher bit depth – 12, 14, or 16 bit depending on the camera, vs. 8-bit for JPEG images. These higher bit-depth files save more information about the digital images than JPEG files. Describing the bit depth it’s important to say that for each pixel of the image the brightness of the scene you are photographing is stored in the image file on your memory card, along with the color. Computer files store information in zeros and ones. Bit depth refers to how many digits the tonal information for each pixel is stored in. The fewer the number of the digits, the fewer detail the image would represent. Higher bit depth offers a larger number of colors – RAW file would represent 28 billion colors, whereas JPEG’s number will be limited to 16 million. Hard to say whether or not you need as many as 28 billion, and in case you are satisfied with 16 million – no problem, but professional photography is demanding, and the slightest color variations and gradations matter. ImageConverter Plus allows processing RAW files from most of the digital cameras. Each camera (and sometimes even camera model) may have the RAW format variation proprietary of the camera, which makes these files problematic to interpret. Developers of ImageConverter Plus introduce new camera specifications on a regular basis to provide comprehensive support for the RAW-favorers.