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Tuesday, 07 November 2023


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And now there are the early developments in image “content authentication,” starting with Leica M11-P, with other companies to follow.

Always thought it had some kind of major geopolitical connotations...

Did you know that Aptina gave Sony their global shutter technology, in exchange for royalty free use of all of Sonys patents.

Aptina provided the sensor for the Nikon V1. An astonishing camera in its day.To my understanding, the first camera with a global shutter. Not long after its release, Sony came a calling on Aptina. Sony got the bargain of a lifetime.

I am wondering what one can do with flash sync at 1/80,000 second. Mosquito photography, perhaps, but what else?

"...technical tour-de-force" is exactly what this full-frame global shutter camera is. While it might enable some variety of notable new general photographic results I see many new possibilities in the realm of sci-tech studies.

So here the last mechanical part that used to make up a camera is gone. A bit sad…

From what I understand the dynamic range might still be a problem. And Nikon is working on a hybrid global shutter design that can switch to classic rolling shutter for dynamic range benefits. Global shutter is one of those amazing advances that people have long pined for, but then, once it's here, I kind of feel a little underwhelmed for some reason. If I shot sports professionally I might think differently.

As I looked at his print “Bullet through Jack of Hearts” this morning, I wondered what “Doc” Edgerton would think of this new global shutter.


To my limited knowledge, TV broadcast cameras haven't exhibited "rolling shutter", especially in sports coverage, since forever it seems. Did they use global shutters or did they resolve the problem in some other way?

I'm just asking because I'm wondering how much of a breakthrough this new camera is. Is it the case that the technology has reached consumer cameras at a "reasonable" price now?

[Most CCD sensors were/are global shutter. It's with CMOS sensors that it's rare (but not unknown). There are a variety of reasons cameras switched from CCD to CMOS, and now are almost all CMOS. I'll be covering this in Part II. --Mike]

Like most recent innovations in camera technology:

I. Don't. Care.

Sorry, Sony.

In about 1992 or so, I had a few assignments to photograph some of Kodak's prototype digital SLRs. Of course I was using 4x5 film in the studio then... I wondered to myself "why can't they just turn the sensor on and off to make an exposure?" but with marketing types around, not engineers, I didn't speak up.
Thirty years later and it's here. Should be quite interesting to see what happens>

The rolling shutter was the reason I got rid of the Sigma View Camera you're so fond of, and rightly so. On people pictures, unless everything was still, it had a pronounced effect. Oh, and the 1/25 or so sync speed, I couldn't live with it.

Aside from my waning camera lust, the Sony seems like a solution in search of a problem.

After viewing some videos of the pre-production camera in action (on the B&H site), I have to say this is a major point in the camera timeline.

However, few will really need a camera with these specs.

You used to be able to buy a good used car at the price they're charging. (I know; get off my lawn.)

The high speed flash sync is of limited use right now. A full flash from a portable strobe unit isn't fast enough to take advantage of this camera.

Flash makers will have to come up with some new designs to get full power at such high shutter speeds. (Or just use continuous light.)

I agree with Thom Hogan that this announcement without availability for this holiday season smacks of "Don't buy anything else for Christmas. Wait (and save your money) for our camera."

Most of us won't need to consider such a camera. Our present gear suits most of us and takes very good photos.

Spending that kind of money for a trip abroad would probably make more lasting memories.

The buffer only holds ~1.5 sec at 120 frames per second, so you would still need to be fairly accurate when releasing the global shutter -- even with pre-release capture.

But if you've got money to burn, knock yourself out and let us know what you like and dislike about the actual camera.

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