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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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RAW Utilities

Your software choices for manipulating RAW files are broader than you might think. Camera vendors always supply a utility to read their cameras’ own RAW files, but sometimes, particularly with those point-and-shoot cameras that can produce RAW files, the options are fairly limited. Most Canon dSLR users have gone beyond the Canon File Viewer Utility to something better from third parties, such as Capture1. Other vendors, such as Nikon (with its Nikon Capture), offer RAW file handling that is much more flexible and powerful.

Because in the past digital camera vendors offered RAW converters that weren’t very good (Canon’s File Viewer Utility comes to mind), there is a lively market for third-party RAW utilities available at extra ...

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