The Best Cameras for Shooting JPEG Photos You’ll Love

Oh man! Very few things excite me like not needing to edit photos I just shot. It keeps me in the moment and ensures I’m not shooting for the edit. I’m instead shooting for the moment and getting the photo the best possible in-camera. In fact, certain cameras are just so good that I don’t need to edit the photos. We’ve tested a bunch here at The Phoblographer over the past 13 years. So here are the best cameras for shooting JPEG photos.

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5 Fun Things You’ll Enjoy Trying with Your New Camera!

Your new camera isn’t just meant for capturing scenes. The reason you get it instead of a phone is to get a lot more out of its capabilities. So we’re rounding up a bunch of things you should try with your brand new camera. Have you considered multiple exposure modes? What about a less crunchy HDR mode? And can your phone do long exposures with as much efficiency? Give some of these a try!

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Review Update! The Nikon Z7 II Can Now Fix Weird Green Skin in the Camera

The colors on the Nikon Z line feel very similar to the company’s DSLRs. Which is to say that the colors are often good, but sometimes need to be pulled away from the greens. The latest firmware for the Nikon Z7 II aims to help fix the occasional green skin tones with something the company is calling Portrait Impression Balance. I recently tried out the feature, which launched with firmware version 1.30, and we’ve updated our Nikon Z7 II review accordingly.

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You Don’t Need RAW. Long Live the JPEG Photographer

I’m undoing the toxic mentality that you have to shoot RAW to be considered a professional photographer.

I started out shooting photojournalism in college. Back then, students used little point and shoot cameras to get the shot. We did it with JPEGs, and we passed the class and learned to tell stories. I eventually moved up to a RAW shooting camera. For years, I stuck with it. But in recent times, I’ve wanted to return to my roots. The truth is that you don’t need to shoot RAW to be a professional photographer. Not only is there a misconception about shooting RAW, it’s flat out wrong. If you say otherwise, you’re spreading misinformation.

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Discussion: What’s Legal vs What’s Ethical in Street Photography

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Video: How We Do High ISO Tests on Cameras We Review (And More!)

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A Camera For JPEG Lovers Everywhere: Fujifilm X-T200 Review

The Fujifilm X-T200 is a fun camera that will appeal to newbies more than anyone else. But if you love shooting for the JPEG, you might want to take a look at it too.

Camera companies are doing all they can to stem the onslaught of smartphones and their cameras, and up until recently, they haven’t been doing a great job. Times are changing, though, and recent entry-level cameras from Sony (the a6100) and Olympus (the E-PL10) are starting to pull mobile photographers away from their phones. The original X-T100 from Fujifilm was a swing and a miss, but Fujifilm has been hard at work to make sure the X-T200 doesn’t fall short like its first entry-level camera did. We’ve been putting the Fujifilm X-T200 through its paces over a few weeks, and now it’s time to share our findings. Is the camera good enough to pry photographers from their phones? Find out in our full review.

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Shoot for the JPEG: The Cameras We Love With Stunning JPEG Images

If you like to shoot for the JPEG and want a camera that will let you back away from photo editing, these are the cameras worth a look.

We recently posted an opinion piece about why you should shoot for the JPEG instead of the RAW. RAW files certainly have their place, and they can allow all manner of edits during post-processing, but not all photographers want to spend countless hours behind their computers: they’d much rather be out shooting. After all, this is what we love to do more than anything. If you’re a photographer who wants to break free from the rigors of editing images, and you just want to shoot and enjoy the images you create, the cameras we rounded up after the break are the ones you need to take a closer look at.

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Blair Sugarman: The Magic of Cityscape Photography and Bad Weather

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I take a lot of drone shots, usually at ridiculous hours of the morning,” says photographer Blair Sugarman in an interview with the Phoblographer. “I’m also a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to taking shots, sometimes taking the same angle repeatedly just because the conditions have changed slightly.” Blair is a photographer based in Hong Kong and adores cityscape photography like no other. He believes cityscapes offer a unique perspective into an entire way of life. We have to agree with him; a photo of a city can at anytime contain hundreds of people or even more. Though he hasn’t been shooting for long, Blair has a creative spark about him that permeates through his work and in his photography.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB: Explaining It in the Simplest Terms to Photographers

Adobe RGB vs sRGB: what is the difference and what should photographers know?

Fact: most cameras are automatically set to the sRGB color mode straight out of the box. This applies to JPEG images as said cameras are also typically set to shoot JPEGs when taken right out of the box. But the Adobe RGB color mode is arguably more important. In the most common vernacular, the sRGB color standard is what has applied to the web for many years. It’s a certain number of colors, and for those years most monitors only rendered within this color space. As time progressed, monitors have become better and so too has the web. This has resulted in more tests being done to accommodate to the Adobe RGB color space, which is much larger than the sRGB color space. For practicality, unless you’re willing to stop worrying about dynamic range and high ISO output, you’re probably not going to care about the Adobe RGB space and the sRGB space.

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All I Want Is a New Olympus Pen F Camera with the Best JPEGs Around

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While I’m sure the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III is a great camera, I really just wanted a new Pen F.

Earlier today, Olympus announced their new OMD EM5 Mk III camera with a fair amount of new tech, along with some recycled tech derived from their higher-end cameras. Some will deny Olympus and Micro Four Thirds their rights to the camera market, but I’d disagree. They’re often tied with Fujifilm for having some of the best ergonomics, and I think the way to approach shooting them is completely different. The way you think about a Leica M or the Leica SL’s use in a different wavelength than other camera makers is how you should think with Olympus. While our entire industry embraces the philosophy of shooting in RAW and editing later, I’ve gone against that philosophy for a while. I opt to get it right in-camera as much as possible as we shouldn’t be using post-production as a crutch. To that end, embracing the unique tech inside of Olympus cameras is worthwhile. All of this could have been better emphasized with a beautiful, revamped Olympus Pen F camera.

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Review: Canon EOS RP (Well Worth the Money for Almost $1,200)

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The Canon EOS RP isn’t at all a bad camera; and it’s bound to flood the market during the holiday season.

When I look at and think about the Canon EOS RP, I see the strategy for Canon that they’ve been imparting for many years. Said strategy goes something like this: bundle the camera with a printer and a lens and do an instant rebate with the retailers to simply move the product. Then also add in an adapter for EF mount lenses. Do this around the holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Black Friday. As much as this camera may be designed to flood the market, it honestly isn’t all that bad of a choice. The Canon EOS RP is a good entry level camera and perhaps one that photographers first picking up a dedicated device can grow with for a long time. And for those who ask if there is an auto mode and who don’t want to worry about anything else, you can do that too while the rest of us make horrified faces at you.

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Review: Fujifilm XT100 (Their Most Entry Level Camera Yet)

The Fujifilm XT100 is a nice camera, but there are so many better options in the lineup, and it’s evident.

I had my doubts when the Fujifilm X-T100 was first announced, and throughout my testing I found it to be the company’s most bland, interchangeable lens camera yet. Granted, Fujifilm’s particular flavors still stand out quite a bit from Olympus, Sony and Panasonic in many ways. But I’d liken this comparison to the difference between instant coffee and the freshly ground and roasted stuff you’d get from a proper roaster. And because I’m particularly hungry, I’d make it synonymous to the difference between a New York bagel freshly made vs a Lenders’ or Thomas’ that you’d get from the grocery store. In both situations, the Fujifilm X-T100 is the lower hanging fruit (or bagel). With this said, the Fujifilm X-T100 should be bought by someone who feels that they’ll need to upgrade perhaps within a year or so. If you want a more premium product that will last, I strongly encourage you to check out their higher-end models.

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An Argument for Shooting Your Photos in Black and White JPEGs

Every photographer that knows what they’re doing often shoots in RAW.

Why? Well, you take the images, edit them to just the way that you want them, and then export. That’s it. It’s done. No matter what is said, Jared Polin is pretty right about this. But if you come from a film shooter’s mentality and don’t often develop your own film, then I think that not shooting in black and white JPEG is doing yourself a great injustice of sorts. Let’s start from the top with the culture of photographers who shoot film, scan their TIFF files as flat as possible, and then bring them into a computer to edit. In 2018, this is more or less superfluous. Digital photography and cameras are more than adept enough to do this and if you’re going to edit your TIFFs or JPEGs after you get them back, then you should probably just be shooting digital. Why? Because software like Lightroom or Capture One is designed to edit RAW files. It’s just what they do. Film’s original intention wasn’t to be scanned. it was to be printed. With black and white film, you’re best off taking the film after you’ve shot it, develop it yourself based on what you want the entire roll to be like, and then printing. After that, you can scan the print to digitize it.

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Unpopular Opinion: The Best New Camera Under $300 is Probably Your Phone

This is the post you send to everyone who ever asked you what the best, professional grade camera is for under X amount of dollars. 

For those of us who know better, it’s obvious you need to spend over $1,000 to get a solid camera with lenses and all. You can get a previous generation’s camera for cheaper, but if you’re a hobbyist you’re also bound to want the newest and greatest thing. So every now and again I’ll get pinged by people for this. On a daily basis, our email gets sent questions about cameras and such. But for people who don’t know any better and have less money around, they’ll ask a question like, “Hey, I’m looking for a camera that takes professional photos for under $300. What’s on the market?” And more often than not, the answer has been the same thing: your phone.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB; Which RGB Color Space Is Right For You?

Color space can be confusing, but don’t worry, after this video you should have a much better idea of what’s going on.

Adobe RGB vs sRGB, chances are that you have thought about this at some point while setting up your camera or processing your images. These two forms of RGB are what is called color spaces, these are basically lookup tables that the computer uses to tell the monitor what color(s) to display on the screen; or more accurately, the directions that tell the monitor what color to display depending on what instructions it gets from the computer. Continue reading…

Dear Photographers: You’re Doing Cheap Gigs Wrong

This post isn’t dedicated to the higher end tier of photographers at all, nor is it dedicated to those reaching for lower fruit; instead it’s for the photographers in the middle tier of things. You know, the ones who scoff at Craigslist gigs and cheap gigs below what they’re worth but don’t necessarily have the chops to work with really big brands. These are the photographers who won’t do “cheap weddings.” That’s not at all a defense of cheap weddings where they try to skimp out on a photographer of some sort. Nor is it a defense of cheap portrait gigs, cheap event gigs, etc. Instead it’s insight into how to adapt to the changing world of photography.

And more or less, it’s a secret. Are you ready?

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This Website Offers RAWs and JPEGs for Free

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If you’ve ever struggled with finding high-quality photos for your imaging needs, there’s a new website that offers to give them to you free of charge. This is the promise of a website called Wesaturate, founded by Seattle-based photographers Kash Goudarzi and Gifton Okoronkwo, and freshly deployed just this April. The platform claims to be a place where photographers can share and download RAW and JPEG photos for free, which can be particularly useful for those who are still learning the ropes of digital photography, or looking into purchasing their first digital gear.

“It’s great for anyone looking to download free, high-quality images and especially great for photographers who want to learn how to edit photos,” Goudarzi shared with us in an e-mail. “Another popular case is photographers downloading the RAW files of a certain camera before they decide to buy it or not.”

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How to Shoot Better Photos That Need Less Post Production

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I want to get something very clear before I begin this article: there is absolutely nothing wrong with post processing and photographers should always shoot with RAW modes if possible. But at the same time, there is something absolutely very liberating about not needing to spend more time on your computer or any device working to get the images you ultimately want in the end. Some photographers are better at processing while others are better at shooting. I’ve personally spent a lot of time working in Capture One and felt it to be therapeutic–but I also acknowledge that too much time staring at a computer screen can be bad for your eyes.

So instead, shooting an image perfectly in-camera is always an option.

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Review: JPEGMini Pro

In an age where sensor resolution is getting higher and higher, those MB, GB, and TB on your computers at home are simply not getting you where they used to. The saying ‘Storage is Cheap’ is true, but only to a point, and a frugal photographer should always be looking for ways to cut back on the amount of storage space they need to store their images – both at home and on the web. The solution for this, at least when it comes to JPEG files, is JPEGMini – or at least that is what they claim it to be.

JPEGMini has been around for some time now, but as you would expect, many photographers are skeptical of any compression system that could possibly have a negative impact on quality or appearance of their images in print or digital. I was skeptical, so when they offered to let me test drive their Pro version while we met with them at Photo Plus, I took them up on it. Today it is time to share my thoughts on this software for you. Continue reading…

Review: Sony RX1r II

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Arguably one of the best point and shoot cameras on the market, the Sony RX1R II is a camera with a full frame 35mm sensor and a 35mm f2 lens affixed to the front. For most photographers, that immediately sounds like a beautiful thing. Then consider the EVF, the fast autofocus, and lots of control on top of a really small size. It sounds even sweeter to most photographers then.

Indeed, the Sony RX1R II is a great camera on paper. In reality, it’s also a great camera. But at the same time, one of the biggest problems that a buyer may have with this camera is its ergonomics in real life use.

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