A particularly strange virus has spread across the internet, which seems to infect people defending Canon’s latest cameras, shorn of the cinema frame rate 24p.
I am convinced Sony will go in the direction of Quad Bayer stacked CMOS sensors for the A7S series and it’s a major reason we’ve waited so long for it. I also think the FS5’s electronically variable ND filter will be in the camera too.
Quad Bayer answers the conundrum of balancing low light performance and megapixel count. It is the best of both worlds and allows a 48 megapixel 8000 x 6000 image and 8K video – at the same time as 4000 x 3000 and 4K video with better low light performance.
The proof of concept is sitting in my hands right now. Step forward the mighty Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone with 48 megapixel Sony Quad Bayer sensor and 960fps slow-mo.
Samsung has joined forces with Fujifilm to develop sensor technology and says it will apply the new innovation to a large sensor.
Could the NX1 finally get a successor?
This is a fantastic Sony interview at Imaging Resource, where Dave Etchells was able to extract a huge amount of technical info about how the new Sony sensors are able to deliver 4K video from 42MP. On top of that there’s less rolling shutter and better low light performance than the previous 36MP full frame and 20MP 1″ sensors.
The gap between Nikon beginning the Df concept and putting it on sale was 4 years.
Are camera manufacturers moving too slowly?
Japan’s national broadcast corporation NHK has developed a large CMOS 8K sensor for Super Hi Vision.
At 21.5mm x 12.1mm it is the size of Super 35mm when cropped to 16:9, and does 120fps at a resolution of 7680 x 4320.
Canon have just announced they are opening a Professional Technology Centre in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard.
Needless to say the November announcement now looks almost certain to mark a huge push by Canon into RED’s back yard.
Like how a doctor might analyse a mentally ill patient’s brain to give him clues about how a ‘normal’ brain functions, we turn our attention to the $9000 Sigma SD1.