During edits, debate over the use of RAW and JPEG format is mostly noticed. Some of the photographers may be keen on using JPEG format. However, others may be interested in RAW. Both advantages and disadvantages can be noticed with the RAW and JPEG format. By comparing these benefits and drawbacks, it may be possible to reach at a conclusion. Some question may engross the mind of photographer prior to shoot. Is there a complication in post shoot session if the photographs are shot in RAW format?

In the beginners, lots of confusion can be seen. Is it beneficial to choose RAW over JPEG? However, JPEG is a default format for most of the DSLR camera. It is really easy to get used to the format. Issues may not be seen at all to download or upload images online. Sharing can be done in perfect manner also. Still, sharpest of images can be secured with the RAW even if do not know about photography. Quality of the images may not be doubted at the same time. By using RAW format, you may suffer from memory shortage. Images may look pretty similar on the LCD screen both in cases of RAW and JPEG format. Still, it consumes three times more space in RAW. For discarding RAW, it must not be the reason. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages are really necessary to take decision.


One of the popular formats for photography comes across with JPEG. Compressed files are showcased with million facets of colors. However, certain amount of loss can be noticed with the images. Some of the information is generally discarded from the images on the occasion. Compression level of diverse nature is noticed also. Size and quality of the image may suffer as a result. For preservation of more details, requirement of large files may be felt.


RAW images are often termed digital negatives. Unprocessed files are generally found through camera sensor at the time. Unlike JPEG images, it cannot be opened, printed or viewed easily. As a proprietary format, RAW is attached to the camera sensor and manufacturer. It may not be supported with every possible programs of software also. Most of the information is generally saved with these files. So, additional dynamic ranges and colors can be seen on the occasion. Two sections of RAW files are generally noticed. It may be known as preview in JPEG and data arising from camera sensor. Due to embed from JPEG, images are generally seen on screen.

Which is better?

Now the question is whether to use JPEG or RAW.

Based on the opinion of some experts, it can be said that RAW files are far more useful than JPEG. Cost of storing has become pretty low. The file size may not matter to the photographer anymore. Backups can be retained in the process too. In order to take images, considerable amount of time is taken. Therefore, some amount of time must be invested to the darkrooms also. There is no need to go through images one by one now. Software is available to help in the purpose.
However, size and time can be considered insignificant issues when you can recover details perfectly with RAW format. It is really advantageous if the light quotient is not adequate at the location.

One thought on “RAW Vs JPEG which is the best option”

  1. Benny Høynes says:

    I always shoot raw. No matter what! So much details in a rawfile, and editing is so much easier when sooting raw. Specially nightphotos, for instense aurora borealis

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