Conversations with staff at companies developing image editing and raw processing software has revealed the need for early access to raw files from cameras due for imminent release so their software can support them. Camera makers don’t, it seems, have the close relationship with software makers that photographers might hope they would.
But there is one way around that. Look online for raw files from pre-production cameras. While camera brand ambassadors do not, as a rule, share raw files often due to their firmware being alpha or beta and too soon before release, some reviewers seem to get hold of late pre-production or production-ready cameras before they go on sale.
One such camera review website is Imaging Resource and it is currently sharing raw files from two about-to-be-released cameras with another due soon, as follows:
- Imaging Resource – Fujifilm GFX Gallery
- Imaging Resource – Fujifilm X100F Review – raw sample files not available at time of writing, but look for the Samples tab to appear soon.
- Imaging Resource – Panasonic GH5 Samples
There may be other sites where raw files can be found; simply search using the name of the camera plus the words raw and samples.
Header image concept and design by Carmel D. Morris.