Photoshop: Why is there no 32 Bits per Channel option available in the "Camera Raw" import options?

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Dear Adobe Gripe #15271:

"Why is there no 32 Bits per Channel option available in the "Photoshop Raw" import options?"
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Because raw files do not contain 32-bit data. You can merge multiple raw files using the File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro... to create 32-bit files.
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It's possible to open a RAW file into photoshop (as a Smart Object or rasterized layer) and then to convert to 32-bit. Why does Camera Raw not have an open to Photoshop in 32-bit available?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Open 32-bit from Camera Raw (and Lightroom).
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Robert Ardill

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Jeffrey - most current RAW files are not 16-bit either but Camera RAW can open them in 16-bit because Photoshop supports 16-bit. Photoshop also supports 32-bit and it is possible to open an ACR smart object and then, in Photoshop, convert it to 32-bit. So I can see no reason why ACR could not do this for me.