RAW and JPEG: how different are they?

There is no right answer to the question which format is better. This is the competition between different photographers that lasts forever. The name of the RAW format reflects its essence – raw information that comes directly from the camera sensor. The RAW files are a 32-bit color space, so there is naturally a wider dynamic range from this data, as well as a more true to life color set. RAW format gives the photographer numerous options for photo editing. Things like white balance, sharpness and contrast can all be changed in the RAW photo, but cannot be edited in JPEG because of its compression. The RAW data definitely makes the file too large – the amount of memory required exceeds the flash card space in most cases and prevents the photographer from shooting too many RAW photos. One needs special software for interpreting the RAW files – they are all specific and proprietary of camera brands. Jpeg images are 99% of those found in the internet. They are well compressed and have decent image quality. In comparison with RAW, JPEG files are much smaller and load faster on the computer. Image quality though cannot be controlled as with RAW. Professional photographers usually deal with the RAW format, though definitely have to convert RAW files to JPEG for the use in the internet. Your preference between the two image format may depend on the number of images you take, on the purpose of your photography, and also on your assiduity – you will have to spend some time at the computer processing your RAW images – otherwise they will not have any worth. ImageConverter Plus provides support for the vast majority of the digital cameras in the market and will convert your RAW files to JPEG or other image formats.