I am presenting here some points which will help you understand the difference between RAW and JPEG image. Hope this will be help you, as photography enthusisats to understand the difference between shooting RAW image & JPEG Image and decide about which format to choose.
Choosing RAW or JPEG depends on the final output of the file. You don’t have to choose one file format and stick with it. You can change the settings to suit your needs, or you can choose to record both RAW and JPEG simultaneously.
Here are some reasons to shoot JPEGs:
▶ Small file size. JPEGs are much smaller than RAW files; therefoe, you can fit many more of them on your memory card and later on your hard drive. If space limitations are a problem, shooting JPEG allows you to get more images in less space.
▶ Printing straight from the camera. RAW files can’t be printed without first being converted to JPEG (which you can do in-camera with most DSLR cameras).
▶ Continuous shooting. JPEG files are smaller than RAW files, so they don’t fill up the camera’s buffer as quickly, allowing you longer bursts without slowing the frame rate.
▶ Less post-processing. If you’re confident in your ability to get the image perfect at capture, you can save time by not having to process the image in a RAW converter and go straight to JPEG.
Here are some reasons to shoot RAW files:
▶ More image detail. Shooting RAW allows the sensor to capture more highlight and shadow detail, which can be retrieved during post-processing if needed.
▶ 16-bit images. Most of DSLR cameras can capture RAW images in 12- or 14-bit. When converting the file using a RAW converter such as Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) or Capture NX 2, you can save your images as a 16-bit file. When the information is written to JPEG in the camera, the JPEG is saved as an 8-bit file. This gives you the option of working with more colors in post-processing. It gives more depth and clarity to the picture after post processing.
▶ White balance. The white balance setting is tagged in the RAW file, but it isn’t fixed in the image data. Changing the white balance on a JPEG image can cause posterization and usually doesn’t yield the best results. Changing the white balance settings of a RAW file doesn’t degrade the image.
▶ Sharpening and saturation. These settings are also tagged in the RAW file but not applied to the actual image data. You can add these in post-processing to your own specifications.
▶ Image quality. Because the RAW file is an unfinished file, it allows you the flexibility to make many changes in the details of the image without any degradation to the quality of the image.