Does Dynamic range matter if you're exporting jpegs anyway?

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Does Dynamic range matter if you're exporting jpegs anyway?

I'm a Nikon D500 shooter, and I'm contemplating a jump to D850, and wondering if my jpegs will look better after exporting for the web.

Does Dynamic range matter if you're exporting jpegs anyway?

Obviously, I'd like to capture more detail in black while also not blowing out highlights.

I'm assuming a better camera with dynamic range could help, but if I'm exporting for the web as jpegs, does it matter?

I suppose it can be the same discussion about color. If I shoot in 14 bit color, but I export to jpeg (which I think is limited to 10 bit color), hypothetically, would any benefit of a better sensor on a better camera get diminished? I saw a photographer with Hasselblad comparing against a Nikon D850, and the Hasselblad came out with better lifelike color, and more lifelike texture in the hair. I've also seen shots where there is no/little difference. This hasselblad promotional video was also seen in youtube, where I doubt it's showing 16 bit color, so what's going on behind the magic? I'm intrigued with Medium Format, but it's out of my budget. This is the video: https://youtu.be/BjFBQr7KkEg

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