the new crappy iMac 5K display got me thinking.
This iMac is 8-bit color (16.7 million) where monitors like the one I use are 1.07 Billion (10-bit color per channel)
To achieve an environment capable of 1 Billion plus colors, you need more than a monitor, you need a capable video card as well as you need applications capable of running 30-bit vs the standard 24. some earlier versions of Photoshop, for example were not 30-bit capable
A simple way of seeing if you are capable of 30-bit are images like this
My monitor at work shows banding... at home it is crisp and clean gradient that is as smooth as butter.
Got me thinking. Always hear about the 5d MK III has banding, the Nikon D810 has banding... on and on.
Is this banding on the sensor, or like, in the image above, is it the LCD screen on back of camera, or even that pricey monitor that only handles 8-bits per channel
Not saying that issues may not exist, but would be curious if when people are doing reviews, pixel peeping images and the like, more quantitatively environmental variables were specified.
I have really seen no issues with banding with my 5D MK III, then again, most of the time I am in a 30-bit environment
Just food for thought