Why no D800 M-RAW equivalent to Canon?

Started Mar 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
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aut0maticdan Senior Member • Posts: 1,144
meh... after thinking, kind of a dumb idea

The low noise 12/16/24mp output would probably only be beneficial if you could combine photosites at the hardware level and likely would require a specially designed sensor.  Way out of my depth there.

Any processing after the fact is better off done in post.  Assuming you have a good scaling algorithm when printing or downsizing for the web, you should see just as much noise reduction as you would with in-camera downsizing.  You also have a plethora of software at your disposal and the full raw 36mp for any future software that may come out.  I may spend a little time comparing different noise reduction and scaling algorithms to hash this out.  I'd like me some usable ISO12800 out of my D800.

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