RAW vs. JPG (Part 2 of 3)

Pros & Cons –

JPEG’s Pros & Cons


–       Smaller file size.

–       Doesn’t require an image-editing program for viewing them.

–       Easy to upload to websites/online galleries.

–       Faster for loading previews.


–       Lossy file format.

–       File is automatically compressed, therefore some image detail is immediately lost.

–       Minimal control over the way the image appears.

–       Not ideal for large-format printing. (i.e. 8×10 and higher)

–       Are limited to 16.7 million colors, which can result in jagged transitions between colors.

RAW’s Pros & Cons


–       Files are not compressed.

–       Allows you to get the best quality possible out of your image(s).

–       Freedom to adjust the exposure, color and contrast.

–       Ideal for large-format printing.

–       Have 68.7 billion color possibilities (4113 times more color than JPG), which allows for greater noise reduction, color transitions and color fidelity.


–       Very large file size.

–       Requires an editing program for viewing, editing and converting to JPG format. As well as require fast computers to run it.

–       Cannot be instantly emailed or uploaded online.

That is basically the gist of the pros and cons of both file formats.   Next post I will show you visually the difference between the two; and give you my final thoughts on what I prefer and think is the better way to go – although it is quite an easy guess at this point! 😉   Also, if anyone has any questions at all, please ask away! I am happy to answer.

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