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.