Nikon facing serious crisis in chipmaking – as well as camera business

Nikon has seen huge financial losses this year, and it isn’t just the camera business that’s in trouble. Nikon’s other core business, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, supplies 70-90% of their chipmaking machines to Intel – but the US company’s investment in the machinery has run its course. To make matters worse, Nikon’s management baulked at investing large sums in next generation extreme ultraviolet lithography technology – a significant growth area.

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Does dual native ISO on the Panasonic S5 beat the Sony A7S III in low light?

The Sony A7S series has always been considered the leader in low light at very high ISOs. But at just 12 megapixels, it’s a big sacrifice in resolution to get there especially in the 8K age.

The main thing that strikes me about the current 24 megapixel full frame sensors is they are CLEAN. Certainly ISO 3200 on my Panasonic S5 looks very similarly clean to ISO 3200 on the new Sony A7S III. I’ll be exploring this with my own test soon.

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Sony FX6 is here, but will you still have a job to go with it?

Sony have released their latest pandemic camera. The FX6 is a cut down FX9 priced at $6K. Image quality and frame rates are pretty much the same as the A7S III, but due to an even lower resolution sensor there is no 4K in Super 35mm mode. It has no IBIS, no EVF and a horrible small pokey touch screen. The controls are from the 1990’s.

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Apple M1 crushes Intel – beats $6000 Mac Pro 2019 and 10 core Intel i9 MacBook Pro 16″

The M1 is displaying astonishing competence in early benchmarks. Here is the key info:

  • Faster than MacBook Pro 16 with i9 CPU in both multicore and single core Geekbench scores
  • Faster than base-spec Mac Pro 2019 (8 core Intel Xeon W 3.5Ghz) in single core benchmark and almost level in multicore score
  • This applies equally to MacBook Air with fanless minimum spec M1 configuration as it does the new MacBook Pro 13″ and Mac Mini with M1 CPU

Apple’s silicon even maintains a single-core lead on the MacBook Pro 16″ through Rosetta 2 with non-native apps!

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Apple M1 promises full-quality 8K ProRes playback in DaVinci Resolve 17 “without dropping a single frame”

10bit 4:2:2 H.265 shooters rejoice!

How about editing 8K ProRes in DaVinci Resolve on a 13″ Macbook?

There are some big claims Apple is making for their new silicon.

Let’s have a closer look…

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