Bit depth and data

JPEG im­ages store eight bits of data, but NEF files cap­ture much more

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8-bit JPEGs store 256 shades per chan­nel.

01 That’s fine, un­til you start want­ing to heav­ily ma­nip­u­late your im­ages.

12-bit NEFs cap­ture 4096 shades per 02 chan­nel. This gives much smoother tones.

14-bit NEFs cap­ture 16,384 shades per 03 chan­nel, but you of­ten won’t be able to see any dif­fer­ence next to 12-bit NEFs.

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