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Suddenly started taking photo's in the raw formant

I can not alter the setting on my camara it is always taking the raw format i do not know how to alter the settings on the camara to change this i can not view the files on my computer what do i need to allow me to view them

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  • linedancer Aug 26, 2007

    i need to view photo's taken at a family wedding hope you can help

  • linedancer Aug 27, 2007

    how to i get menu up on my camara all i can see is the settings that come up on the small screen on top of the camara and i have looked in my camara book it does not say any thing about raw file settings
    thanks carol

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Raw format pictures can be viewed only using fileviewer software, the Adobe Photoshop CS software program can already read raw file pictures. To change settings just push menu, look for the settings you want to set up. All digicam are user-friendly. If you cannot activate the menu button then your unit has a problem and needs to be serviced.

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  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2007

    a once in a lifetime shot must be taken in this mode: RAW!!!!
    Since you want to view your raw format taken pictures:
    Raw format file is like original film shot! you cannot alter the picture and it is the original volume or what they call it megapixel shot. You need to open it in the fileviewer software such as adobe photoshop cs edition as i have mentioned, alter or adjust the picture and save as JPEG or whatever picture file extensions you want.( alteration or adjustment can be saved as different format such as jpeg, giff etc., but not as raw format again).. Raw format on the other hand is the best format! It eats a lot of memory, thats the setback but no problem cause memory card are getting cheaper now.
    Sorry I could not find the manual in the internet, but most camera uses the term "picture size" or something that reads like measurement 1024x720, etc.

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