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Samsung NX200 Ken McMahon, May 2012

Samsung NX200 JPEG vs RAW

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To compare real-life performance between RAW and JPEG files on the Samsung NX200, I shot this scene in the camera's RAW+JPEG mode.

The sensitivity was set to 100 ISO and the aperture to f5.6.

The JPEG was processed using the in-camera defaults, while the RAW file was processed using Samsung's RAW Converter 4 application which is powered by Silkypix Developer Studio 4.



  Samsung NX200 results
1 Samsung NX200 Quality
2 Samsung NX200 RAW vs JPEG
3 Samsung NX200 Noise
5 Samsung NX200 Sample images

Comparing the crops below it's clear that the in-camera JPEGs are more contrasty and sharper than the results from Samsung RAW Converter 4 using the default settings, good news if the punchy consumer-friendly JPEG output from the NX200 is a little to harsh for your liking. Personally, I like the NX200 JPEGs and I think they provide the right balance for general purpose shooting, but operating at higher ISO sensitivities it's good to know that you have the option of producing a slightly softer result.

The Samsung RAW Converter default settings apply demosiac sharpening of 80 and the 'Normal' preset for output sharpening with 'average' contrast, so there's plenty of scope to tweak the RAW file and produce a result that's closer to the in-camera processing as well as the opportunity to improve a little on the noise at mid range ISO sensitivities.

The other interesting thing is the degree of colour fringing on the fourth crop which shows that the 18-55 kit lens is by no means perfect when it comes to chromatic aberration which is corrected in-camera on the JPEGs. This is also easily corrected in RAW converter 4.

Now let's see how they compare at higher sensitivities in my NX200 noise results.


Samsung NX200
(JPEG using in-camera defaults)
Samsung NX200
(RAW using Samsung RAW converter 4)
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO
f5.6, 100 ISO

Samsung NX200 results : Quality / RAW vs JPEG / Noise
/ Handheld Twilight

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