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Old Jun 11, 2010, 2:30 PM   #1
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While I'm impatiently waiting for my new ZX35 to arrive I have a question. I have never had a camera with the ability to capture images in RAW format.

What advantages does this afford and will I need post processing software?

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Old Jun 11, 2010, 3:01 PM   #2
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Hi Craig-

Although I do not use RAW on my FZ-35 perhaps I can answer your question. I capsule form, RAW essentially allows you to "re-take" the photo, in as much as you can make adjustments that are just not possible when working with JPEG images.

You can adjust:

ISO, somewhat
White Balance
Many aspects of the Color

All in ways that are not possible with JPEG images.

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Old Jun 11, 2010, 3:03 PM   #3
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In my opinion, RAW is overrated. Years ago when in-camera JPG processing was still weak it had an advantage, but that has long ceased to be the case. In fact the FZ38/35 has an excellent JPG engine for all but maybe 1% of most peoples requirements. Some people still cling to the past though
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I was taking pictures in RAW, but ran into two problems

(1) No thumbnails and no way to preview then on the PC/Mac
(2) Lack of sharpness and fine detail

Basically they are hard to sort out and look way to soft

I kinda solved the preview problem buy making a contact
sheet for the RAW files, but it was still a pain to work with

I ended up switching to JPG

I did like RAW on some Nature/Scenery/Landscape shots, so it
might be worth using on "select" shots
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 7:44 PM   #5
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I was taking pictures in RAW, but ran into two problems

(1) No thumbnails and no way to preview then on the PC/Mac
(2) Lack of sharpness and fine detail

Basically they are hard to sort out and look way to soft

I kinda solved the preview problem buy making a contact
sheet for the RAW files, but it was still a pain to work with

I ended up switching to JPG

I did like RAW on some Nature/Scenery/Landscape shots, so it
might be worth using on "select" shots
There is a free power tool from Microsoft to view RAW files in Explorer.
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I also couldn't see much difference in the RAW pictures. For the time and effort put into converting, editing, tweaking, etc. I switched to using all JPGs.
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