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| better DR at last from Canon (???) |
Thank god! (well assuming they actually bother to implement it, as some anonymous contributor on another site just pointed out, Canon had been sitting on a well hidden column ADC patent of their own since 2001!!!!! apparently thanks to marketing droids, although this patent is for a fancier version of that, so who knows, what if they just sit on this one forever too? Hopefully all the DxO scores and incessant whining in forums will force them to finally make use of their tech. It was claimed by a different anonymous contributor that Canon got the tech for this improved patent due to a secret partial buyout of a MF company. I don't know if either of those stories are true, they certainly might not be, but the patent above is for sure real and that could be very good news).
According to some electronics techies, it should allow a match for Exmor at low ISO while keeping the 1DX/6D/D4 non-exmor high ISO DR range lead.
But it is a bit worrisome that they have apparently sat on better DR patents since 2001 and blew off other Canon divisions offering other improved DR options over the years too. So we have to hope they plan to implement it and not simply block others from doing so.
One would hope this will be ready for 7D2/5D4 and 2014 and such and not another bunch of years out and 7D3/5D5 generation.
If they pull this off soon and combine it with 70D PDAF they could have some pretty nice sensors to go along with arguably the nicest AF lens range and friendliest (IMO, this can be a particularly individual thing) UI and, thanks only to ML really, the by far the best video (so long as they don't lock out the vastly improved way ML gets video out of the cameras). Basically they could produce pretty much the best across the board in all regards be it video, UI, sensors, AF, lenses.