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Why Would You Use It?

By the time you've worked your way to the end of the disadvantages list for shooting Camera RAW images, you might be excused for wondering why you'd bother using it. The time to use Camera RAW is when you're shooting quality images—the type of images you're shooting to sell or to decorate your walls with or to enter into competitions. When you're taking a few shots with a view to capturing the perfect shot, Camera RAW is the best choice of format.

That said, avoid shooting Camera RAW when you're capturing the equivalent of holiday and family snapshots—the sort of day-to-day shots we all take to record the minute details of our lives. In that case, you'll want to shoot in high-quality JPEG so you can quickly put the images together into a slideshow, email them to friends, or print and share them. In these situations, you won't want or need the processing overhead that Camera RAW requires. When perfect quality isn't what you're looking for and you're simply capturing moments, opt for a format that's less processing-intensive.

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