The PEF image format is used for creating RAW images with Pentax cameras. Shooting in RAW mode allows the camera to capture everything its sensors can register, thus preserving a huge amount of details — as opposed to JPEG or other compressed formats, which have predefined settings and are processed automatically. With PEF images, photographers have more freedom to change the image during digital post-processing without affecting its quality. With the help of specialized software, aspects such as lights, exposure and shadows can be customized in the image, highlighting or hiding particular details.
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