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Monochrome Raw files

A monochrome raw file is captured by a monochrome sensor, that is, one without a Bayer matrix sensor. Each pixel of a monochrome raw file has a brightness value which needs no further interpretation (aside from a gamma curve). That is, no demosaicing involved, no false detail, no color aliasing with the result of maximum detail.

Monochrome sensors also are inherently higher sensitivity because there is no color filter over each pixel to absorb some of the light. So at the same shutter speed and aperture, a monochrome camera can be expected to record a significantly brighter image, thus affording a higher shutter speed or smaller aperture potential.

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