I have a Minolta Dimage A2 and when I shoot raw plus jpeg the raw file is not as sharp as the jpeg. This can be fixed during post processing but in my experience raw files are equal to or better than jpegs before any post processing. I convert my raw files in Adobe CS3. I've gotten various replies to this problem but no answers as to whether my camera may have a problem. I've been told that shooting raw is a waste of time which is not true and not an answer. I've been told that raw is the least quality setting which is not true. This may just be a characteristic of this particular camera or it is a problem. Every other digital camera I've tried has a better or equal raw to jpeg file before processing.
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Re: raw file quality not as good as jpeg
RAW quality will always be at least as good as JPEG quality. The reason your JPEGs are coming out sharper is that the camera is actually doing post-processing on the RAW data, performing sharpening, white balance, contrast and brightness adjustment, etc., before saving the JPEG. The RAW data, as the name implies, is taken straight from the sensor, without the sharpening and other post-processing applied to it.
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The raw+fine setting indicates that your camera will take both raw (NEF) and high resolution JPEG pictures with every shot. You can change this to shoot just JPEG or just raw shots using your menu under the little camera icon. Click on image quality and it will give you multiple settings so you can choose only raw or only JPEG. You have three JPEG settings: fine, normal or basic.
I always shoot raw+fine which I think may be the default setting. I use the jpeg pictures for simple and quick editing and I use raw for detailed editing. JPEG pictures deteriorate quickly during editing while raw pictures can handle extensive editing without significant deterioration.
When you shoot raw+fine, it means the camera is actually storing two pictures of the same shot, one in each of the two formats. When you view the pictures in Windows, you can tell the difference between the raw shots and the jpeg shots because the raw shots have a broad black bar across the top and bottom of the picture while the jpeg shots fill the screen.
You set it for raw in the shooting menu then clik onImage quality then toggle right and set Jpeg or NEF RAW good luck I suggest JPEG fine for you RAW takes all your space up unless you are pro and know what you are doing
The D3000 can store still images in two different formats. JPEG is a standard format, recognized by just about every image viewer and image manipulation program in the world. RAW is actually NEF (Nikon Electronic Format), a Nikon-proprietary format which incorporates almost all of the data captured by the sensor, without the processing of JPEG. JPEG files have the color balance, sharpening, contrast, and all the other camera settings done on the picture. With RAW files, you can change any or all of them and produce new JPEGs. In this respect the RAW file is similar to the original negative you get from processed film, while the JPEG file is like the final print. RAW files need special software for viewing and editing.
All JPEG files are compressed to save space. FINE, NORM, and BASIC represent different levels of compression. FINE does the least compression and takes up the most space, BASIC does the most compression and takes up the least space. Compression always loses some quality, so in general the less the compression the better the quality.
RAW+B simply stores each of your pictures as a RAW file and a BASIC JPEG file.
Having said all that, you should use only RAW or FINE settings. You didn't buy a SLR only to throw away picture quality, did you?
Probablyyou are selecting high iso figures (800 plus), which causes noise (the fussy dots you're talking about). As for the memory troubles, probably you are selecting shooting in RAW mode or in super-fine JPEG. RAW and super-fine jpeg files are very big, and demand lots of room from the memory card.
As for the first problem, selecting lower ISO figures should solve it, causing as side effect need for better light conditions for your pictures; as for the pictures quality, try reducing it, bearing in mind that your pictures will loose quality as well (usually noticeable when you try to enlarge it to bigger sizes).
Good results are usually possible with the trusty old D70s.
Obviously, run through your settings and ensure you have everything sorted for max quality: Set quality to Fine, size to large, ISO 200-400 (turn auto ISO to off).
Next check the JPEG processing settings. Make sure the sharpening and/smoothing are set to minimum or low. You could also try shooting on RAW which would help eliminate the JPEG processing settings as the problem. If your RAW files are still ****, your camera may be on the way out. If the RAW;'s are better, your JPEG settings need attention or the processor is having issues.
Assuming your settings are all fine and your lens is of reasonable quality the images should be pretty sharp. But at the end of the day the D70 is getting on a bit and with only 6.1mp zooming in heaps is never going to be pretty.
If the "blobs" of colour and pixelation are severe you may have a sensor or processing issue.
In general, storage capacity depends on which image size and quality you have selected.
For your information, here is the number of images recordable in a 256MB Compact Flash in the respective image size and quality. Since the image size may vary depending on scenes and subjects, these are approximate values only.
Image size 3264x2448 / 3264x2176 / 2560x1920 / 2080x1560 /1600x1200 / 640x480
Std: 106 / 118 / 167 / 243 / 381 / 1043
FINE: 61 / 69 / 99 / 146 / 235 / 781
X.FIN: 31 / 35 / 50 / 75 / 124 / 594
TIFF: 10 / 11 / 17 / 25 / 43 / 245
RAW and JPEG: 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
Image size 544x408 / 320x240
Movie(15fps) : 7 min. 9 sec / 13 min. 44 sec
Movie(30fps) : 4 min. 15 sec / 7 min. 3 sec
images are saved in the following format.
Econ / Standard / Fine: JPEG (.jpg)
Super Fine: TIFF (.tif)
RAW: RAW (.mrw)
Movie: Motion JPEG (.mov)
Audio recording: WAVE (.wav)
Symbols in brackets represent the file extension.
Thumbnail data (.thm) is also saved for TIFF, Movie and RAW files.