Tiff v Raw

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by marcus booth, Oct 25, 2003.

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    marcus booth Guest

    Hi all,

    New to this digital game, but what is the difference between Raw, & Tiff
    file formats?

    Just bought a brand new Minolta F300, very pleased with the result, compared
    with my rather old Olympus OM10.

    Any help appreciated, or have i just wasted my hard earned cash?

    Marcus booth.
    marcus booth, Oct 25, 2003
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  2. RAW is a much smaller data format for storing pure image data (as opposed to
    JPEG, which is slightly lossy). TIFF stores the exact same pixel data, but
    it's not compressed in most on-camera cases and wastes valuable flash card
    space. RAW files can be converted to TIFF for use with photo editors using a
    program provided by your camera manufacturer.
    Ethan Trewhitt, Oct 25, 2003
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    Steve Young Guest

    Google is your friend :) all you could ever stand to know with a couple clicks.

    Steve Young, Oct 25, 2003
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    Your camera has a menu.. You can select stuff like white balance, sharpness,
    contrast etc..

    When you take a TIFF shot, the raw image from the sensor is processed as per
    your chosen menu settings.. All these parameters are applied then the data is
    assembled into the TIFF file format then saved on your memory card.

    When you take a RAW shot, the raw image from the sensor is saved on your memory
    card. No processing is done in the camera. You have to adjust white balance,
    sharpness and convert it to a common file format (TIFF, JPEG) outside the
    camera using your computer and supplied software.

    RAW gives you much more latitude when processing your shots.
    Jim Townsend, Oct 25, 2003
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