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This question has been asked before for Lightroom but my question is about free RAW editors such as LightZone, Dark Table or Rawtherapee. More detail follows. I've turned off all in-camera modifications that affect the JPG file. But still when I open a RAW file in one of the above software it looks much different from the preview JPG inside the RAW file.

Of course I can use the software to edit the result to my liking but sometimes I just want to get the JPG (a higher quality version of the JPG inside the RAW file) quickly in Linux. Do I need a camera profile of some kind?

marked as duplicate by Michael C, inkista, Itai, Caleb, Philip Kendall Feb 19 '16 at 8:54

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  • Raw and Jpg is like apples and oranges. If you turn off the modifications, that's like peeling the orange: different, but still far from being an apple. – null Feb 18 '16 at 22:49
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    The other question may mention Lightroom but it means exactly the same thing, and so do the answers, if you substituted any non-camera based raw editor-->jpeg convertor – Michael C Feb 18 '16 at 22:53
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    ...and you don't shoot RAW+JPEG because...? – inkista Feb 18 '16 at 23:23
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    This is actually a very common question but you cannot, with free or paid software, the algorithms simply cannot match exactly. – Itai Feb 19 '16 at 0:52
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    @inkista makes a very good point. I take wildlife and landscape shots while hiking, always shoot raw+jpeg, and only go to the raw for good shots that need some work (more than just a crop before printing). Downsides: slightly slower burst shooting (not a big deal for this sort of thing); uses slightly more storage (but only by the size of the jpeg, i.e. rounding error). – Chris H Feb 19 '16 at 7:48

Each one of these programs have a default preset on how to interpret RAW data so it can be displayed as an image.

Even your camera or operational system have some defaults that are used to create thumbnails.

You can not expect that every interpretation system uses the same rendering parameters.

Chose one program, take some time to create a preset as you like and save it so it can be applied to all your photos later or to be used as default for visualizing the images.

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