I have been playing around with CHDK for some years. It is a program that runs from your camera’s memory card. On top of its operating system. It can enhance the functionality on many Canon cameras.
I’ve mostly used it to add a live histogram, show which parts of the image that are under and over exposed, display real battery usage (My Canon A540 doesn’t show how much battery that’s left) and to create time lapse videos. Today I decided to take a picture in RAW (CHDK adds RAW support as well) and compare the result with the normal JPG file.
This is the first time I try anything in RAW so I’m a total beginner. To generate a JPG I loaded the CRW file in Picasa and used the Export function. Then I opened both JPGs in Gimp, cropped and exported them again. This isn’t optimal but I hope it’s good enough.
From what I can see the noise on the RAW file looks more natural than the JPG generated in the camera. The JPG is lighter and that might be the cause of the smear in it?
Then I tried to get a better result. First by using UFRaw, then RawTherapee. As you see it didn’t help. I would like to try darktable but I don’t have Linux on this computer so that’s for another day.
I also played a bit with converting the RAW to B/W and it looks good. Might be the bigger grains that tricks me though. I’ll play around with it more later.
If anyone is familiar with this and would like to provide me another generated JPG I can send you the RAW file. Just put a comment below.