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| p.1 #14 · Hasselblad to launch 50MP MF camera using CMOS sensor |
This market has always astonished me. These backs have been AWFUL products not coming within MILES of the potential of such a huge pixel size.
Red, whose product is as expensive and almost as limited-market as medium format backs, has managed to engineer drastically better hardware and INDESCRIBABLY better software basically from scratch.
Meanwhile, lets be honest, digital back makers have bought any off-the-shelf sensor, no matter how antiquated, to keep from spending a dime on R&D. So we get giant sensors with giant pixels that somehow only range from ISO50 to ISO64 or something. It's nonsense.
The crazy thing is, Red only had to spend all that money because they needed a much faster read-reset than typical off-the-shelf sensors. A digital back maker wouldn't have needed a whole new pixel or ADC design. All Sony had to do here was design a new package with MORE of an exiting pixel from - say, the one from the D4 sensor - and I'd been willing to bet that's all they HAVE done. I mean, personally, I'd start from scratch and design a ~25mp back with MASSIVE pixels that could see in the dark, but I'll take what I can get.