I know this is too general question, but I'll give it a try..

About an hour research in photo.SE, I found some question, that are related to this one:

Shutter speed and aperture are obvious, of course.

What other settings may affect a RAW photo?

  • \$\begingroup\$ see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/6628/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 10:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ One comment. Aperture you realate to here with link is software no Aperture in camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1681
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 10:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ OMG, downvote again?! Why? Because of the similar question? How I'm supposed to find it, as the titles are completely different. I can't read all questions, one by one, to catch if something (comment, or answer, or whatever) will answer my question.. Also - downvote for duplicate? Oh, come on.. Or it's something else? I got downvote for almost all of my questions and I still don't know why. The criteria here for up/down votes seems to be really different from the criteria in stackoverflow O.o \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 11:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Kiril downvote was probably due to the question being very open ended, there are hundreds of camera settings across many models which will indirectly affect your raw capture. I've tried to list the more common ones. \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 11:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ Power on/off setting has severely affected some of my photos (sorry, no examples to show). \$\endgroup\$
    – Imre
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 12:37

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settings which influence actual exposure:

  • shooting mode TV,AV,M etc.
  • shutter speed
  • aperture
  • ISO
  • exposure compensation
  • safety shift (Canon)
  • flash (on/off)
  • flash exposure compensation
  • active D lighting (Nikon) - affects raw capture by underexposing for highlights
  • exposure bracketing
  • exposure lock
  • metering mode
  • focus screen setting (telling the camera which screen you're using affects metering reading)


  • mirror lock-up
  • image stabilisation
  • long exposure noise reduction
  • any setting which relates to the AF system
  • raw image size e.g. medium raw, small raw
  • crop mode (Nikon)
  • sensor cleaning
  • focus microadjust
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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 for the comprehensive list (you really went through the whole menu system, didn't you? :-), but how does Exposure Bracketing affect the RAW? Also I think you should remove the parentheses part in IS. \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 12:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ysap slightly tenuous, but if you change the bracketing setting from -+1 stop to -+2 stops you'll get different raw images... \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 12:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Imre - this is really - really - an argument on semantics. "Camera" may be regarded as the whole system, including any accessory connected and activated by the shutter button. If you want to make sure the interpretation is what you and Matt say, then name it "Camera Body settings". What's more, the OP did not restrict the discussion to SLR's (or interchangeable lens systems in general), so how will you make the distinction between lens/camera for other camera systems? \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 13:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Matt - but there are settings that do not alter your (RAW) exposure, e.g. White Balance. \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 13:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ I really meant "the whole camera system". Thanks, great answer! So, could you list some (basic, as there are too many of them) options, that will not affect the RAW? It's not directly asked in the question, but I'm curious. And if I ask it in another question, I bet I'll get tons of down-votes, unfortunately. I mean - contrast, brightness control, while balance, .. Actually, I can't think of others. Or such question actually can't be answered and anything, of of this list, will not affect RAW? Sorry for the dummy questions.. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 15:46

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