Oh boy, I am complaining about this since at least two years already, and finally Fujifilm listened.
When you shoot full AUTO, the camera records only JPEG files.
Some say this makes sense, as the AUTO mode is supposed to make it all for you and simplify your life.
And although I never shoot AUTO on my X-E3, it happens sometimes that I handle the camera to a friend or relative (or even to one of my little students). And since they are not familiar with photography, the AUTO switch comes in very handy.
The problem: it will write only JPEG files on the SD card. But even if it’s not me taking the pictures, it’s still my camera and my SD-Card, and I want always both, RAW and JPEG on my SD-card, as you never know, maybe there is some nice image there that could need a little tweak.
Also, here is another example a FR-reader made, and that shows how useful RAW capability in Full AUTO would be.
The FR-reader did set up the camera for long exposures, all full manual, and suddenly a beautiful bird came and rested shortly on a stone nearby. Without messing around with the settings, the FR-reader quickly switched the camera to AUTO and grabbed a picture of the bird before it flew away. And while in this case the Auto mode allowed him to capture the decisive moment, he would have loved to have the RAW file of that image too.
I strongly hope other Fujifilm cameras having the AUTO capabilities will get the AUTO-RAW capability via firmware update in near future. It would make the AUTO mode more useful for me.
And let’s hope they will adress also my other two big firmware complaints I have.
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