D850: 12 vs 14 bit RAW

Started Oct 18, 2017 | Discussions thread
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nilanjanray Contributing Member • Posts: 717
D850: 12 vs 14 bit RAW

I was looking at Bill Claff's charts.



Given there is a significant increase in buffer when using 12 bit, I wanted to see what compromises I would have to make when using 14 bit.

From the comparison charts, it seems that:

1. Re Photographic Dynamic Range: No discernible difference beyond ISO 200,

2. Re Read Noise vs ISO: 12 bit is actually better! How come? Can someone explain?

So for wildlife shooters, there is no penalty - none - when using 12 bit RAW. Given that 99% of the time we are above ISO 200.

And when shooting landscape/nature and using low ISO, one can always switch back to 14 bit .

Nikon D850
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