7 reasons HDSLRs are not a stop-gap in cinematic history

1. Economies of scale

40 million Canon SLR format cameras have been sold since 1987 and half of those after 2003. In 2010 digital photography is a huge market, much larger than niche Red found in the comparatively small indie filmmaking and professional production markets.

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HD Compacts Part 2 – Sony HX5 short mood-piece

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The HX5 is not the usual compact fair we’ve been used to up to now.

The HX5 is the first proper HD Compact. A compact camera which does full HD video.

Under the hood, we have the IMX050 Exmor R sensor. See our article on the technology here. Right now, back-side illumination isn’t the huge leap some expected, but this technology will come into it’s own as sensors get even more densely packed. There is talk of 22MP in a compact for 2011.

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Sony’s HX5 / TX7 Exmor R sensors explained


(Above – Exmor sensors for mobile phones)

I’ve been reading some interesting tech documents from Sony related to the image sensor in their latest compacts, the HX5 and TX7.

Since Sony are selling the sensor itself to clients they have a wealth of public domain information on it.

In a nutshell sensitivity and speed are the aims of the Exmor R, which has a back-illuminated structure. Most of the speed increase come from the revised sensor structure allowing column-parallel A/D conversion. Data is therefore output from the sensor quicker due to tiny analogue to digital convertors every line of the sensor.

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