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Apple ProRAW vs JPEG Shootout: Worth The Bigger File Size?

Moment, most well known for its accessories for iPhone, has published a detailed 32-minute video where the image quality differences between shooting JPEG and ProRAW are compared on the new iPhone 12 Pro Max.

While a more straight-out-of-camera review of ProRAW was published here (which compares HEIC, Lightroom DNG, and ProRAW DNG with no post-processing applied other than ACR’s baseline interpretation of the files), Moment’s test more compares how the files handle editing. Additionally, the team chose to shoot in JPEG rather than HEIC for their comparisons to ProRAW.

Caleb, the Moment photographer, also shoots all his photos with the company’s camera app, which allowed them to quickly switch between ProRAW capture and JPEG.

The first image set that is compared is of a river and a large rock cliff:

JPEG
ProRAW

Taylor, the editor, notes that some of the colors are better in the ProRAW file and that there is a different “texture” to the file.

“It is just so much clearer, and it’s not so ‘chunky,’” she says. “Chunky is a word for pixelated or artificially sharp. Almost like I took the sharpen toggle and jacked it up, which I obviously did not do. That ProRAW file just looks a lot nicer to the eye. Clearly way more detail.”

In the second image, Caleb photographed a fern close-up, which should reveal how the different formats treat details.

JPEG
ProRAW

“The JPEG version is not bad by any means,” Taylor says. But comments that the ProRAW version is again notably superior. “It’s crisper in the in-focus parts, and there is just so much more detail in each and every one of those leaves.”

The next set was harder to differentiate without pixel-peeping.

JPEG
ProRAW

“They look almost identical when you view them like this,” Taylor says, viewing the images at less than 100%. But when she zooms in, she notes some differences. “Everything looks smoother, and smoother doesn’t mean blurry here. It just looks more natural, more soft. Opposed to the chunkier, clinically sharp JPEG file.”

It should be noted that this particular file tested the shadow dynamic range of the file, as the original image was very underexposed:

The next set continues to show off the benefits of ProRAW: better detail reproduction, less aggressive sharpening, and overall better color:

JPEG
ProRAW

ProRAW files, as you can imagine, are significantly larger than standard JPEGs or HEICs. So with that in mind, is it worth shooting in ProRAW? In the end, it depends on your use and expectations. While none of the JPEGs shown above look “bad” by any means, the ProRAW files just look better. Still, because they are RAW files, to get the most out of them you will likely want to edit them before sharing them. If you don’t want to expend that extra effort, then ProRAW is probably not the right choice in that circumstance.

But if your goal is to get a photo that you want to spend more time with before you publish it, then ProRAW appears to be a no-brainer. Images are rendered more realistically and have considerable dynamic range. If you enjoy working with your images, it appears to be the superior format.

For more videos from Moment, you can subscribe to the company’s YouTube Channel.


Image credits: Photos courtesy of Moment and used with permission.

2020 DIYP Holiday Gift Guide – Accessories & Gadgets

We’re onto the final gift guide of the holiday season. We’ve had cameras, lenses, lights, tripods sliders and gimbals, but now it’s time for those essential accessories and doohickies we often find stuffed into our camera bags or on our desks that we just can’t live without. This year we’ve picked some of our favourite […]

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Moment Announces iPhone 12 Accessories That Better Use MagSafe

Moment’s latest line of products takes advantage of Apple’s MagSafe technology, using the magnetic connection to attach the iPhone and new Moment cases together in what Moment promises is a stronger, better way.

Though the collection includes a range of different cases and other accessories that anyone would find a use for (like the vent clip or this wall mount), the line actually has several products that should appeal specifically to content creators who want to use the new iPhone for photo or video production.

Moment has made three different iterations of a cold shoe adapter that can be used to, for example, mount an LED light onto the side of the iPhone. You can get the cold shoe mount as a standalone, or it can come as part of either the landscape-orientation tripod mount or the portrait and landscape tripod mount.

If you don’t need the cold shoe, you can still get the tripod mount without one for $10 less than the mounts that do include the cold shoe.

If you plan to use the iPhone in different rigging situations, Moment also has a Universal 1/4″-20 mount that allows the iPhone to fit into any number of filmmaking arrangements using common camera equipment.

If you recently saw reviews of the iPhone 12 and the new MagSafe, you might be wondering if the magnet is even strong enough to use with these different products. For example, in the MKBHD review below, the magnet doesn’t seem particularly strong:

Moment has apparently addressed this with a technology it is calling (M)Force. Each of the company’s mounts has “unique use of magnets and mechanical features that make them easier (and stronger) to use.” The mounts are compatible with the iPhone 12 both with and without a case.

All of Moment’s MagSafe products are currently available for pre-order, with estimated shipping of finished product quite a ways off – Moment expects to have all the products available in March of 2021.

Moment’s MagSafe cases are available for $49.99, the Tripod Mounts are available for $39.99 (or $49.99 for the Pro model), and the multi-treaded mount is available for $29.99. The cold shoe mount without the tripod adapter will cost $29.99.

For more information on all of Moment’s MagSafe cases and accessories, you can visit the online store here.

Moment Unveils CineBloom Diffusion Filters for ‘Dreamy, Film-Like Vibes’

Moment has announced its new CineBloom Diffusion Filters. The lens filters are designed for both cameras and phones and help you capture “dreamy, film-like vibes” straight out of a camera.

“The CineBloom Diffusion Filter takes the edge off your digital sensor,” Moment says. “It not only catches and blooms light, but softens hard edges and has a smoothing effect on skin tones, making wrinkles less noticeable. Escape the clinical, ultra-sharp look of digital with this specialty glass.”

Made of premium Japanese optical glass surrounded by aerospace-grade aluminum, the rugged and lightweight filter boasts superior image clarity and resistance against scratches and dirt.

Here are some sample photos captured with the filter:

Here’s a 2-minute video introducing the new CineBloom line (with sample footage showing what the filters do for video):

The Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters are available in thread sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm in 10% and 20% densities for varying effect strengths. They’re available starting today from the Moment website with price tags ranging from $50 for the 37mm size to $80 for the 82mm size.