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RAW vs Camera JPEG

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

This page looks at out-of-camera JPEG versus an optimally processed raw file, using several instructive examples. Numerous factors make JPEG a terrible choice for anyone looking for peak quality*:

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Diglloyd Guide to Mirrorless offers comprehensive integrated coverage of most APS-C and full frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.

Special emphasis is placed on Sony full-frame, including Sony lenses and the high performance Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses plus Rokinon/Samyang and others. Fujifilm X, Olympus and Panasonic M4/3, Sigma dp Merrill and dp/sd Quattro are also covered in depth. Years in the making, it offers a wealth of material for choosing and using a mirrorless camera.

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  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Variants RAW,Camera_JPEG_sharpened,Camera_JPEG available in full article
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NIKON Z7 + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon
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