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Nikon D800 monochrome

Nikon D800M Monochrome

This report covers a 36-megapixel Nikon D800 monochrome (“Nikon D800M”). A standard Nikon D800 was converted to a pure monochrome camera by permanent removal (destruction) of the RGGB Bayer matrix on its sensor. Custom sensor conversion performed by, as seen in the pair of images below. The camera was loaned for evaluation.

The D800M is thus a camera having a 36-megapixel sensor with no color filters over each pixel: each photosite thus offers an unfiltered sensitivity to the full spectrum of light same as every other pixel on the sensor.

There are multiple considerations when working with a monochrome camera that was originally designed as an RGGB color camera:

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RGGB Bayer matrix (left), sensor with RGGB filtration removed
(sensor from Canon 5D)
Nikon D800M

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