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NEF Formats: 12-bit or 14-bit, Uncompressed or Compressed

The Nikon D800 has superlative file quality, even at 12-bits, but shooting at 14-bits allows the full quality to be recorded.

The first days of my review, I screwed up by using 12-bit images instead of 14-bit images— so the examples prior to April 16, 2012 can only look better than shown!

NEF (RAW)

I shoot only RAW with all my cameras.

The D800 RAW 14-bit offers tremendous headroom.

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