Will Adobes DNG (Digital Negative ) displace the current multitude of raw camera formats? I dont really have an opinion, but I can provide some explanatory material to inform the debate.
Raw is an invisible wonder. Photographers rave about the Raw format of their cameras and the exploits of their favorite Raw converters, but prepress never sees a raw image. Adobes announcement of DNG makes a lot of noise—but no one seems to be writing DNG files—whats going on here?
For now, Raw is a format for photographers only. To simplify matters, Raw is the digital equivalent of a negative. Equivalent? No, its really, really better! If you have a raw file, you can change the exposure and white balance of a shot considerably, long after youve taken it. This is a lifesaver. Its a miracle. Its real technological progress. Its a genuine innovation that can pay for utility bills and food!