Dynamic range and RAW file "bit depth"

Started 6 months ago | Questions thread
Jack Hogan
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Re: having pondered this, why not have 17 bit raw file option?
In reply to DSPographer, 6 months ago

DSPographer wrote:

This isn't just wasteful of file bits, it also could significantly slow down the raw converter. In column parallel ramp converters like Sony's Exmor sensors use, having a nonlinear ramp dramatically speeds up the conversion process. So, on many cameras that have "14-bit" raw capability the conversion step size is not really uniform, instead it increases approximately as the square root of the level, so that the time to perform the ramp conversion is not excessive.

Hi DSPographer,

Interesting.  How does having a non-linear ramp affect accuracy of the linear ADC output throughout the range?

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