• Paolo Ferraris

RAW vs Jpeg. Benefits & Drawbacks

Raw vs Jpeg, Pros and Cons. For those of you who are still non-believers in the RAW format, let's have a quick recap of the benefits (many) and the drawbacks of shooting in RAW mode.

raw vs jpeg
Pienza, Italy. Edited RAW file.

Benefits of the RAW file vs the Jpeg file

  • Raw files have way more color shades than Jpegs.

  • Color gamut is wider.

  • Raw or Jpegs for portraits? Contrast, Saturation, Sharpening, and noise reduction are not applied in-camera: You get to decide the extent of such treatments in post-production.

  • RAW files are recorded in lossless compression, meaning you don't lose information while saving the image.

  • Color space can be changed in post-production.

  • White balance can be changed in post-production and it's not saved, embedded into the file's color profile.

  • Editing raw vs jpeg. Large processing of the data, such as correcting huge exposure mistakes, results in fewer visible artifacts when done from raw data than when done from Jpegs.

  • Changes made to RAW files are non-destructive.

  • Images with very high dynamic range are more easily and more effectively edited in RAW mode.


raw file format vs jpeg file format
Pienza, Italy. Unedited RAW file.

Drawbacks of the RAW file vs the Jpeg file

  • File size is bigger.

  • Without post-production RAW files look dull, not very sharp, not very contrasty and with muted colors.

  • RAW file formats don't have a standard like the Jpeg so you have to update your editing software in order to read new and upcoming formats from different camera manufacturers.

  • RAW files require post-production and post-production means more work and more time spent in front of the monitor of your computer.


Raw vs jpeg the real story


We don't live in a perfect world but the verdict is in and it definitively favors the use of the RAW file format!


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