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CR2 files lower quality than corresponding JPGs


Im working on a stopmotion film and used multiple Eos DSLRs for the project via Dragonframe (stopmotion program)
Ive set each phto to be exported both as a jpeg and a raw file (cr2) but it seems all the raw files ended up with less quality than the jpegs.
The raw files open up grainier, with higer saturation and a bit brighter than the Jpeg files.

<span;>Have any one heard of something like it? Im not sure if the problem was the camera, the software or the way Ive opened the files (in after effects and photoshop the automatic set up window for raw files would pop up but with a processed image rather than the grayish raw file I know)
If there was any process that demaged the quality of the raw files can it be reversed somehow?



RAW requires post-processing, but it will always lead to higher quality than when capturing JPEG.   And will be especially useful when using multiple cameras if each camera if different.

What software are you using to view/process the RAW images?


Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

Yes but it seems its already processed when we open the file, we've tried After Effects and Photoshop

Is some profile being applied?  I always set my camera (EOS 5D IV) to use a Picture Style of Faithful.  And in Adobe Lightroom, I set the profile to "Camera Faithful".


Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

We havent change any of the setting when opening but Ill try to verify the computer wasnt set on a certain profile

When opening the files on my laptop (windows 11) straight from the folder I get the same results (grainier higher sturated and brighter images)


You mentioned that you are opening the CR2 files with Photoshop and After Effects. Photoshop uses the Adobe Camera RAW module to process RAW files, it has various settings to apply a "Profile" to each image, by default Adobe applets the Adobe Color Profile. This profile results in images that are different to what the camera itself creates. You might try experimenting with some of the other Adobe profiles to see if one of the camera matching profiles is closer to the results from the Canon JPG. 

A RAW file is only processed to make an additional image, it is not affected - not that I've seen - by using a different software, so you can go back and reprocess it with different settings from the original .CR2 image.


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