To record raw, unprocessed data from the camera image sensor, select a [RAW] option for image quality in the shooting menu as described below. JPEG copies of RAW images can be created using the [RAW CONVERSION] option in the playback menu, or RAW images can be viewed on a computer using the [RAW FILE CONVERTER] application.
Press [MENU/OK] in shooting mode to display the shooting menu.
Press the selector up or down to highlight [IMAGE QUALITY] and press [MENU/OK].
Highlight an option and press [MENU/OK].
Select [RAW] to record only RAW images, or [FINE+RAW] or [NORMAL+RAW] to record both JPEG copy together with the RAW images. [FINE+RAW] uses lower JPEG compression ratios for higher-quality JPEG images, while [NORMAL+RAW] uses higher JPEG compression ratios to increase the number of images that can be stored.
Low- and high-gain ISO sensitivities are not available when RAW image quality is on.
The Function Buttons
To toggle RAW image quality on or off for a single shot, assign [RAW] to a function button. If a JPEG option is currently selected for image quality, pressing the button temporarily selects the equivalent JPEG+RAW option. If a JPEG+RAW option is currently selected, pressing the button temporarily selects the equivalent JPEG option, while if [RAW] is selected, pressing the button temporarily selects [FINE]. Taking a picture or pressing the button again restores the previous setting.