I don't know if you're aware but there is a software program called "Olympus Viewer". This software is supposed to contain the same algorithm for turning RAW images into JPEGs that the Olympus cameras have internally. In my testing, it did not produce an identical images to in-camera processed JPEG.RAW should not be identical to in camera jpegs. With jpegs, you basically let the camera handle all the processing for you. With RAW, you get exactly what the sensor recorded, ready for you to tweak to your liking. They will naturally look rather flat and dull on their own. There is nothing wrong with shooting jpeg if you don't like post-processing.
I saw that but didn't read the whole thread. My question is much more narrow: I was under the impression that the "Olympus Viewer" software is able to mimick the in-camera jpg engine. In my test, it did not.
That's really not true. There is no technical reason why a RAW editor couldn't have the exact same algorithm as the in-camera engine. Third party RAW editor like Adobe Camera Raw can't do it because camera makers don't reveal their algorithms, and reverse engineering them would not be permitted.I can't help but think that Olympus Viewer 2 is going to behave as any other RAW editor. An unedited RAW file will not be the same as the in camera jpeg. [/url]