How much image quality is thrown away by JPEG vs a properly converted RAW file? Steaming truck loads of stuff from the barn has been written on this subject.
Your eyes won’t lie to you.
The Nikon D800E was set for JPEG fine Optimal Quality at standard settings with maximum sharpening (in the hopes of increasing detail). The RAW was 14-bit lossless-compressed NEF, converted to 16-bit TIF using Adobe Camera RAW 7.2.
The camera was set for 4400° K white balance, actual gray-click white balance in ACR was 4200° K, fairly close and of no consequence to our sharpness considerations.
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