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Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S by Darrell Young

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NEF (RAW) Recording

(User’s Manual: D300S page 70; D300 page 58)

NEF (RAW) recording is composed of two menu choices—Type and NEF (RAW) bit depth. Type is concerned with image compression, while bit depth deals with color quality. We’ll look into both of these choices and see how our photography can benefit from them.

NEF (RAW) Type

In previous sections we discussed how JPEG files have different levels of compression that vary the size of a finished image file. NEF (RAW) also has compression choices, though not as many. The nice thing about the RAW compression methods is that they don’t throw away massive amounts of image data like JPEG compression does. RAW is not considered a lossy format because the file stays complete, with virtually all the ...

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