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Yes, .raw file is better than .jpeg. It has got more detail hidden inside it, hence .raw file is about 4 times bigger in size as compared to .jpeg. But the question should be instead "Do I need to click .raw or .jpeg is good enough?" Well if you are just going to share/print the clicked file as such, then .jpeg format is fine. But if you need to edit the file and recover some dynamic range out of it, better choose .raw file format (.cr2, .nef, .dng etc depending upon your camera model). You can have a look at the image attached, or refer to my lesson on Raw vs Jpeg for more details.

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Shooting in raw is definitely a better option. Though comparing raw and jpeg, both look the same but they are not. JPEG files are obtained by the processing done by the camera. If you have chosen an incorrect white balance, there is no way you can get 100% correct colors even with photoshop, whereas with raw this is achievable. Besides white balance, you can adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, colors, vibrance, individual colors, sharpness and many more with raw files. The flip side is that you need to learn light room to get the true benefits of raw. Also raw files need more storage space as the file size is bigger. My preference is to select the option RAW+JPG in camera, so I get both the files. If I have to just give the proofs i use jpeg files, but if i want professional results , I always process raw files. I had seen magic with my raw files

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If you are going to process your image, yes RAW is better. The JPEG on the other hand are compressed processed files of smaller file size and doesn't allow the kind of bandwidth a raw would for post processing. RAW image size is thus bigger than the JPEG. Reviewing pics on the camera LCD is not advised because the LCD is a small area cramped with pixels and doesn't show the dynamic range your computer screen would. Even on your computer, please view your pics on the picture viewer provided by your camera manufacturer instead of Microsoft picture viewer. The mpv does a horrible compression of your JPEG and wouldn't read your RAW. Hope this helps. All the best for your photography have fun and take care. Regards, Santosh J

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Indeed RAW file is better than JPEG. A 14bit RAW file has 2^14 color range compared to 8bit JPEG. The dynamic range of RAW is so good, recovery from highlights, shadows, exposure is only possible in RAW. If you compare both files within the camera itself, then both are JPEG preview only. If you want to open RAW file, you can only do that using a RAW Software in your PC, or Adobe Lightroom/PS. Then you can actually compare. But however, RAW file at first will be dull and with less contrast, only processing makes it look way too good.

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Absolutely YES, the RAW file is always better for any photographer as it allows you to edit a picture so deeply, with all options available without loosing its originality. If you are a good photographer, you should also sharper your skills on editing your photographs, this allows you to change the entire perspective of your photograph and your composition. But, remember RAW files requires huge storage space as they are of huge Photon Compression.

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RAW file store all the meta data information of an image which contains all the information like Exposure, ISO, Camera Details, Aperture, GPS data etc. and JPEG image is a compressed format.

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Raw file having more information like Sharpness and Contrast. Even File will not be compressed. But Jpeg is the format which is compressed and adjust as per the user setting in camera.

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When you shoot in RAW you record all of the data from the sensor. But when you shoot in jpeg, image information is compressed and lost. No information is compressed with RAW. So RAW provides you higher quality images. With RAW you have additional information in the file, so it's much easier to correct the image without a drastic reduction in quality.

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Every image will have attributes like Image : Contrast, Sharpness, White Balance, Blacks and Whites, Highlights, Saturation etc and all these values are stored in the Raw file and later you adjust them accordingly, While in JPEG its compresses all them and if you change something and it will reflect in other attributes.

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Raw file is using for post processing, because in raw data is saved and can be recovered. First you learn little about basic photography.

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