12-Bit used to be the standard for most raw files in the early days. Then, somewhere around 10 years or so ago, most of them started switching up to 14-bit. There are a few that still only shoot 12-bit and some give the option of both. Why? Well, the lower bit depth allows for better performance due to the reduced data throughput requirements.
We all know to shoot raw rather than 8-bit JPG, but is there that much of a big difference between 12-bit and 14-bit? In this video, photographer Michael Brietung wanted to find out. So, he shot identical images using his Canon EOS R5 in 14-bit using the mechanical shutter and 12-bit with the electronic shutter to see if he could see any difference at all.