Does Sony NEX 7 cook RAW files?
This is what I got, shooting both cameras in RAW with in camera lens corrections set to off:
I tried several different RAW converters, with more or less comparable results (the color casting was always there), so I am convinced that Sony is applying some corrections to the RAW files. I can’t say if they are hard-coded or embedded, but they are always apparent, after de-mosaicing.
What I find unacceptable however is, that Sony didn’t and probably will not confirm this fact, and admit – what kind of corrections are applied.
I tried to get the answer from Sony, but without success so far. The only question they cared to reply is – “Downgrade of firmware is not possible. Thank you for contacting Sony support”.
Sony RAW is not RAW anymore, according to my expectations what RAW file should be. It is cooked, changed, fake file, that producer adapted to look better. (Because of initial reviews?)
I would even accept this, if I would be able to choose – would I like to switch correction on or off.
Or at least, if I would be thoroughly informed of what corrections were applied, before making my purchase decision.
(What corrections seems to be applied? I know about noise reduction and lens corrections vignetting, CA and distortion + flat field color correction).
This – software – approach seems to be applied for any native E mount lens when mounted on NEX 7 with a new firmware.
But with a doubtful results. Look at the new Sony SEL 1018 with and without in camera software lens correction.
While the lower image is improved, it still sucks and need further PP work, to become usable.
So, what’s the point of hard-coded “improvement” if it stays – half-way?
I haven’t test other current cameras (5r and 6), but I suspect that intensive software corrections is the path that Sony, being an electronic giant, chooses to follow.
To distinguish them from the competition, Sony will force the small size, compensating for the optical lens performance, by applying hard-coded software corrections.
Instead of improving the real IQ, they will more focus on “connection”, “social networks”, “power zooms”, “fancy look,” “OSPDAF”, “Android operated”, “Application market” and all those gimmicks, that mass market is looking for.
That means for me – goodbye Sony, unless you don’t give me – top of the line IQ, that your sensors deserves, I would rather stick with photographic tools, than smart-phone photo substitutes.
But I still have plenty of legacy lenses to test, so you will still be able to find my Sony posts here. Unless I switch to Fuji for that purpose.