Is it better to shoot into HEIF or RAW on my camera?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    It is always better to shoot RAW unless you need a fast frame rate and your camera cannot give you enough frames per second when you shoot raw. For example, if you need to shoot 7 frames per second but the camera can only give you 3 frames per second shooting raw, then you have little choice  A less than perfect shot is better than no shot at all. 

  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    RAW is the preferred format that anyone who needs/wants the most data to be preserved from what the sensor was able to capture.

    HEIF is an upgrade from JPEGs due to its 10-bit color depth vs the considerably lower 8-bit color bit depth of JPEGs.  Each bit doubles the number of shades per R/G/B color channel.  Thus 8-bit files have 256 (2^8) shades as opposed to the 1,024 (2^10) number of shades of a 10-bit file.

    In comparison, RAW files are typically at the very least 12-bit files.  Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras record 14-bit files.  It's not until you get into the very high-end medium format cameras do you start to see 16-bit files.

    Now with that said, depending upon your needs, it could be better shoot in HEIF than RAW.  Say, for example, you're shooting a pro sporting event and you need to get your edited images immediately to your editor.  If you shoot RAW, you will need to edit all of your images after the game.  But just like a JPEG, HEIF files can be edited in camera prior to saving the file to the memory card thus greatly reducing the time it'll take to get the files to your client or boss.

    Many RAW files can be very, very large.  Some cameras like a Pentax 645Z, Canon's 5DS R and others produce RAW files in excess of 50MB.  Transferring, editing and storing these huge files will slow your workflow down.  If you need the extra editing capabilities of a RAW file, then shoot RAW.  If you do not and speed of process and lower computer costs are paramount, then shoot HEIF.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If you're into heavy post-processing (no, not filters), shoot RAW. Otherwise, go to HEIF or JPEG. HEIF is new but if your software can handle it, why not? If not, JPEG is totally fine.

  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Which is better is what you think serves your purposes best. If you are looking for image straight out of your camera, then JPEG or HEIF would be a good choice. HEIF has an advantage over JPEG with improved bit depth (renders intensity & colors in finer steps). However, not many viewing programs handle HEIF right now unless you're in the modern Apple world.

    HEIF, or AVCI, is a compressed format (information is lost) which means it is not as good as raw if you post-process your images. After post processing your raw images, you would convert them to some viewable format like JPEG, TIFF, or HEIF for all to enjoy.

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