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from Charles Poynton "The rehabilitation of gamma": Misconception: The nonlinearity of a CRT monitor is a defect that needs to be corrected. Fact: The nonlinearity of a CRT is very nearly the inverse of the lightness sensitivity of human vision. The nonlinearity causes a CRT’s response to be roughly perceptually uniform. Far from being a defect, ...


Consider this example from Cambridge in Colour: By applying gamma encoding, we are able to represent the original image more accurately, with the same bit depth (5, in this example). This is achieved by using the 32 levels in a way that more closely corresponds to the human eye. In other words, it's a form of compression. JPEGs, for example, can actually ...

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