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Old Dec 9, 2002, 9:11 AM   #1
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Default RAW format from Nikon cameras

I am considering a digital Nikon for photos in a bioloigcal laboratory. Saving 16/48 bit files is necessary. However, the camera needs to do standard through-the-lens photography of subjects visible with the naked eye as well as photmicroscopy. Therefore, the dedicated "scientific/technical" digital camera backs from Nikon will not suffice. We are restricting our search to Nikon because our photoscopes are equipped with Nikon mounts.

A true digital SLR seems most obvious as we now use film SLRs for these photos. However, the CP9XX, CP5000, CP5700 etc. might also be fine using the adapters (commercial or home-made) that are available for photomicroscopy. I suspect image quality would be adequate from most of these.

I've read the four existing threads in this forum from the past year that discuss the RAW format, firmware, etc., for the CP5000 and CP5700. Do these cameras function well in the RAW format? Which additional cameras do, or will soon, fit the bill from a technical specification standpoint? I think the main consideration is the ability to save 16/48 bit files.

In addition, does anyone have any other suggestions, insights, etc.?

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