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Nikon D5300 black level/bias/

Thanks Alex,
DCRAW reports the dark value as being 600 but the raw values extracted with DCRAW show 588. You are probably right that this value could vary. It's just a shame that the values below this are clamped. Canon does not clamp it's low values...but they set the dark value to roughly 2048 which gives up some dynamic range in a 14b raw file. I asked NIKON if they would consider an "astrophotography" firmware update that keeps the 600 dark value but does not clamp the values until they get close to zero. This would preserve the entire bell curve noise histogram for virtually all cases. I don't expect a reply.