12 vs 14 bits raw files

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FuhTeng Senior Member • Posts: 1,278
Re: 12 vs 14 bits raw files

plumberdp69 wrote:

Saw some web articles on the pros and cons of using 12 vs 14 bits raw. Higher data resolution in 14 bits but its usefulness is limited by what human eyes can see (in theory).

Appreciate feedback from Z users on your choice of 12 or 14 bits and why.

Use 14 bits to be on the safe side despite the larger file size?


I'm happy - this thread is both fun (pasteurization!) and informative. Sadly a rare combination on this site.

Anyway - I never bother with 14 bit for anything unless I'm at base (or very close to base) ISO, as other's have said. Both my Z6 and D850 are setup with one of the banks for landscape photography where it's in aperture-priority, at base ISO (100 or 64 respectively), 14-bit.

This is a great summary too - https://photographylife.com/14-bit-vs-12-bit-raw

And further, Thom Hogan recommends the same of 12 bit over ISO 400.

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