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Part I: Your Lean, Mean Pixel Machine > Dealing with Digital Camera File Format...

Chapter 4. Dealing with Digital Camera File Formats

In recent months, the confusion over which digital camera file format to use has been reduced in some ways, and made more befuddling in others. Of the three possible formats—JPEG, TIFF, and RAW—TIFF has fallen into disfavor for all but the high-end professional cameras, and RAW is now found only in the more sophisticated digital models intended for photo enthusiasts. That leaves JPEG as the default (or only) format choice for a larger number of shooters. That’s the good news.

The confusion factor was ratcheted up another notch by Adobe’s announcement of yet another RAW file format, DNG (Digital Negative), that purports to allow a single format for all digital cameras for all vendors. We’ll see about that.


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