Dynamic range and file formats
Posted Mar 30, 2007 12:29 UTC (Fri) by StuHerbert
Parent article: Working with raw images on Linux
Just a quick correction ... the dynamic range of an image is limited by the capabilities of the sensor, first and foremost. It isn't that RAW images have a *higher* dynamic range - the top and bottom of the range isn't different between RAW and JPEG. It's just that, having more bits per channel, RAW images have more data between the top and bottom of the dynamic range than an 8-bit JPEG image can hold.
You need a better sensor to achieve a higher (or, strictly speaking, a *wider*) dynamic range. One such sensor is the specialist sensor used in the Fuji S5 Pro.
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