Article ID : 00231289 / Last Modified : 11/05/2019

My camera records some RAW images in 12-Bits instead of 14-Bits

    The following camera models can record RAW images in 14-bits per pixel color resolution. However, the resolution will be limited to 12-bits depending on theses shooting settings:

    ILCE-7 / ILCE-7R / DSC-RX1 / DSC-RX1R

     Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
    Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit

    ILCE-7M2 / ILCA-99M2 / DSC-RX1RM2

     Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
    Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    Uncompressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit

    ILCE-7S / ILCE-6300 / ILCE-6400 / ILCE-6500

    • Silent Shooting: Off
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    • Silent Shooting: On
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW12-Bit12-Bit

    ILCE-7RM2 / ILCE-7SM2

    • Silent Shooting: Off
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    • Silent Shooting: On
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW12-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW12-Bit12-Bit

    ILCE-7RM3 / ILCE-7M3/ ILCE-7RM4

    • Silent Shooting: Off
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    • Silent Shooting: On
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit14-Bit

    ILCE-9

    • Shutter Type: Mechanical Shut
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    • Shutter Type: Electronic Shut
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting *2
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit

    ILCE-9M2

    • Shutter Type: Mechanical Shut
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit14-Bit12-Bit12-Bit
    • Shutter Type: Electronic Shut
       Single-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting *2
      Compressed RAW14-Bit12-Bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-Bit14-Bit

    *1 Single-shot shooting includes Self-Timer mode and Interval mode.
    *2 Continuous shooting includes multiple-burst shooting under Superior Auto mode, Continuous shooting under Self-Timer mode and Cont. Bracket mode.
    *3 Long Exposure NR is active when it is set to On and the shutter speed is set to 1 second or longer.

    Note: Your camera records JPEG images in 8-Bit resolution.