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Jun 17, 2015 — Please read the following interview on Imaging Resource:
DE: This next question is more of a request maybe, but we've had a lot of questions asking about raw format. And...
KM: Ah, raw. <laughs> 14-bit.
DE: Yeah, well 14-bit is OK, but many people are asking "could we please have uncompressed RAWs?"
KM: Sony RAW is compressed, not uncompressed. But if we're getting a lot of requests for it, we should make such a kind of no-compression raw. Of course we recognize that. But I cannot give you a guarantee when we're going to fix or not fix.
DE: Right. When you're going to address that, yeah.
KM: Sure, sure. And so we recognize the customer's requirement, and actually we are working on it.
DE: So it's something that you're aware of. I'm sure that the image processing pipeline is optimized for the way that it is now, but it seems to me that, while it might involve some trading off some performance, that it could just be a firmware change. Could it? Would you be able to provide uncompressed raw as a firmware update, or would it require new hardware?
KM: Right, yes. So... not hardware.
DE: It is firmware. OK, good! I think people would be willing to accept a slower transfer time or lower frame rate in an uncompressed mode. Some people really, really want that.
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