One theoretical advantage of the sensor on the D800 is the increased dynamic range compared to other sensors. From DxOMark data, it has a dynamic range of around 14 EV. When shooting RAW this should allow more leeway in recovering highlight and shadow detail in images with high contrast. I've read however that NEF files only allow for around 10 EV within an image. Has Nikon changed NEF files to accommodate the larger dynamic range the sensor on the D800 can capture or is the added dynamic range from the sensor effectively wasted due to software limitations? Or is my source for the dynamic range of NEF files in error (read it in a book on HDR photography and possible the limits on dynamic range related more to sensor technology at the time of publication and not limitations in the file format itself)? Again, this is a theoretical question. While it sounds awesome to have a sensor with the ability to capture a broader dynamic range, if the RAW files aren't capable of recording this data then it ends up being a waste from a practical perspective.