Article ID : 00231289 / Last Modified : 11/08/2021

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 these shooting settings:

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

    SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
    Compressed RAW14-bit12-bit12-bit12-bit

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

    SettingSingle-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-6100 / ILCE-6300 / ILCE-6400 / ILCE-6500 / ILCE-6600 / ZV-E10

    • Silent Shooting: Off
      SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2BULB shootingLong Exposure NR is activated*3
      Compressed RAW14-bit12-bit12-bit12-bit
    • Silent Shooting: On
      SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW12-bit12-bit

    ILCE-7RM2 / ILCE-7SM2

    • Silent Shooting: Off
      SettingSingle-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
      SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW12-bit12-bit
      Uncompressed RAW12-bit12-bit

    ILCE-7RM3 / ILCE-7RM3A / ILCE-7M3 / ILCE-7RM4 / ILCE-7RM4A / ILCE-7C

    • Silent Shooting: Off
      SettingSingle-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
      SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting*2
      Compressed RAW14-bit12-bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-bit14-bit

    ILCE-9

    • Shutter Type: Mechanical Shut
      SettingSingle-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
      SettingSingle-shot shooting*1Continuous shooting *2
      Compressed RAW14-bit12-bit
      Uncompressed RAW14-bit12-bit

    ILCE-9M2

    • Shutter Type: Mechanical Shut
      SettingSingle-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
      SettingSingle-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.