#6. "RE: D800 NEF compression & bit depth" In response to In response to 0 Sun 08-Sep-13 03:30 PM by jamesvoortman
After spending close to $3000 to get the highest resolution DSLR on the planet, which has class leading dynamic range and ISO performance too, why hobble it by limiting the bit depth and compressing some of the detail away?
Have a look at my "Egyptian Goose" post in the wildlife forum. That pic is a crop that represents less than 1/6 of the original FX image which contained the entire bird. In the same late afternoon lighting conditions my older D200, which has same sensor as D80, would have produced a grainy, noisy image with less colour and little or no detail in the shaded areas under the feathers....and I would never have posted it.
14bit with lossless compression optimises the RAW file size without giving any of the original data away. Obviously I am making the assumption that "lossless" does actually mean lossless. Nikon says it does in the manual but who knows for sure?