Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Panasonic / Leica

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Mar 27, 2011, 5:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
eysha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: uk
Posts: 1,212
Default RAW Question

I have never used the RAW function on the FZ38 but i understand from reading that it is better than jpeg for quality.
I also wonder if the programme i got with the camera deals with RAW. I haven't put it onto my computer yet so is it recommended?
If not does anyone know of a freebie for RAW.
Also can someone tell me more about RAW in detail please?
Many thanks
__________________
www.TheKavanaghCollection.co.uk

Panasonic FZ200 + Panasonic FZ38 + Macro & Tele Kit (DMW-LC55 + DMW-LT55 + DMW-LA5) Canon 60D +18-55mm lens+ 70-300mm lens.
eysha is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Mar 28, 2011, 5:08 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Joe Bananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 181
Default

I haven't tried the software that came with the camera but im sure it will work., I hope so anyway, because nothing else will!

Ok after a bit of searching it turns out that these two programs can handle panasonic .rw2 (raw) files -

Irfanview - http://www.irfanview.com/ and
Faststone - http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

I havent tried either of these programs. I shoot in raw mode and have to convert the .rw2 files to .dng files before I can use them in Photoshop Elements 7. The latest version of Photoshop Elements can handle .rw2 files without a problem.

Here is a great page that explains raw.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/raw-vs-jpeg

If youve got any other questions feel free to ask
__________________
Mike
aka : Noobie shooting wildly with a FZ100

My Flickr



Last edited by Joe Bananas; Mar 28, 2011 at 5:11 AM. Reason: typo
Joe Bananas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 6:37 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
eysha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: uk
Posts: 1,212
Default

Thanks Mike for your reply. I will read with interest.
__________________
www.TheKavanaghCollection.co.uk

Panasonic FZ200 + Panasonic FZ38 + Macro & Tele Kit (DMW-LC55 + DMW-LT55 + DMW-LA5) Canon 60D +18-55mm lens+ 70-300mm lens.
eysha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 6:54 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
MartinSykes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cheshire, UK
Posts: 854
Default

I stopped using RAW. It takes longer to save between pictures, takes up more space, is harder to work with and stops you using some of the other functions of the camera (like ez-zoom). The quality is *slightly* better but not really noticeable in my opinion.
__________________
AutoHDR - Free HDR software for Windows at http://www.autohdr.co.uk on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=...36045126467361
My Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinsykes
Panasonic DMC-FZ38, Sony ­α580
MartinSykes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 6:59 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
eysha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: uk
Posts: 1,212
Default

Thanks Martin. I have just read the thread Joe sent me and it does sound more complicated and time consuming. I guess good for some shots, maybe like landscapes where nothing is going to move, lol, but for me i think i will try it once just to see and then stick with Jpeg.
Oh what happended to your moon shots? Did i miss them?
__________________
www.TheKavanaghCollection.co.uk

Panasonic FZ200 + Panasonic FZ38 + Macro & Tele Kit (DMW-LC55 + DMW-LT55 + DMW-LA5) Canon 60D +18-55mm lens+ 70-300mm lens.
eysha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 8:50 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Clint501's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Suwanee, Ga
Posts: 2,511
Default

Eysha - think of RAW files as the "negative" of the picture. The RAW file contains all the information your camera "sees". Then it takes the information and according to the camera settings, creates the JPG file. Most of the time the JPG file turns out great. The advantage to having a RAW file is that your have the "original" unaltered information or the negative. If you have the negative, you can process it how you want. Processing your own "negatives" or RAW files does take time and you must have the right "equipment" or software to do a decent job. The software they send with the camera usually is "OK" but it's a lot easier just to let the camera do it. There are things you can do to the RAW file that you might not be able to adjust as much in the JPG file - like exposure, white balance, noise, etc. If you want to develop your own RAW files, good software is a key to making it easier.
__________________





Have Fun - Be Nice - Don't Break Anything
Clint501 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 8:52 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Joe Bananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 181
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MartinSykes View Post
I stopped using RAW. It takes longer to save between pictures, takes up more space, is harder to work with and stops you using some of the other functions of the camera (like ez-zoom). The quality is *slightly* better but not really noticeable in my opinion.
Oh dont say that

Ive just about had enough of raw too, but Im sticking it out. It drives me crazy sometimes.

Ive set the 'user definable (Fn) button to 'image quality' so I can quickly choose between jpg and raw, but your other criticisms are the same I have - trying to get shots of the kids and waiting for the last image to save is painful to say the least.

I'll persevere for a little longer. Maybe.
__________________
Mike
aka : Noobie shooting wildly with a FZ100

My Flickr


Joe Bananas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 9:04 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
MartinSykes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cheshire, UK
Posts: 854
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by eysha View Post
Oh what happended to your moon shots? Did i miss them?
Conditions weren't good here so I didn't get anything decent this time. Will try again though.
__________________
AutoHDR - Free HDR software for Windows at http://www.autohdr.co.uk on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=...36045126467361
My Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinsykes
Panasonic DMC-FZ38, Sony ­α580
MartinSykes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 9:04 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
eysha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: uk
Posts: 1,212
Default

Thanks Guys, never thought of RAW's as negatives Clint but interesting.
Will have a little play but will probably stick to jpegs, for quickness.
Can you take macros in RAW's? Oh photography is so confussing, lol
__________________
www.TheKavanaghCollection.co.uk

Panasonic FZ200 + Panasonic FZ38 + Macro & Tele Kit (DMW-LC55 + DMW-LT55 + DMW-LA5) Canon 60D +18-55mm lens+ 70-300mm lens.
eysha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 2011, 9:48 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Joe Bananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 181
Default

Yep, you sure can.

I recommend shooting in 'raw&jpg' mode. The camera will save 2 files, one jpg and one raw (rw2) of each photo you take.

And yerh, this photography thing has a fairly steep learnig curve, hey
__________________
Mike
aka : Noobie shooting wildly with a FZ100

My Flickr


Joe Bananas is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:24 AM.