JPEG or RAW that is the question…

Raw VS JPEG

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I follow a lot of camera news, and I am not a JPEG shooter, but Fuji is known for having great JPEG’s and the new Olympus PEN is putting a lot of effort into their in camera art filter customization engine that I find interesting. Since we have had a pretty active community, I figured I would ask if anyone has an in camera RAW/JPEG work flow?

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Personally, I greatly prefer shooting RAW and processing later, but I generally shoot RAW+JPEG because sometimes Fuji’s JPEGs are better developed than Lightroom allows. If I cannot quickly get the results out of a RAW file that I am looking for, I will sometimes simply use the JPEG to save time. I’m probably an ideal candidate to move to a JPEG work flow like the new PEN provides, but I like the flexibility that RAW files provide, and I feel like JPEG filters are too unreliable in dynamic situations.

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Olympus allowing for highly customizable art filters arguably goes a step beyond Fuji’s great film simulation because people can create and share presets that very closely or exactly match various types of Fuji and Kodak Film. They might even be able to develop a universally accepted Leica look preset. I’m very interested to see what Olympus fans come up with, but I’m also curious to see if companies like Fuji will respond by adding similar customization. Kodachrome is by far my favorite type of film, and the M9 that has become a cult classic is digital Kodachrome, so I would absolutely love for Fuji to allow me to make a Kodachrome preset.

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Fuji is know for providing pretty substantial upgrades to their cameras via firmware updates, so I wonder if it would be possible to add customizable film presets to the X-Pro 2 and future cameras. They already have a pretty feature full RAW developer that they could leverage to flesh out a film creator. Would this be a feature that would interest you, or do you shoot RAW like I do?

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