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OpenRAW: Trying to document RAW images


A new group has formed to try to address the problems with images saved in RAW format.

While most ordinary users save their digital photos as JPEGs, serious photographers don't like the fact that some detail is lost during compression. Digital camera makers have supported a native format (known as "RAW") for saving pictures that keeps all the data associated with the photo.

This format is actually not a single format, but differs (often dramatically) between manufacturers and even camera models by the same manufacturer.

Many of the details are not documented, and may not be recognized by other software or be lost in future upgrades. Since the whole point of using RAW is to not lose anything, this really pisses off the serious photographers.

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File Formats: DNG RAW