full frame and pixel pitch

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full frame and pixel pitch
Jan 4, 2013

There is a controversy regarding D3 and 800. Which will provide better images? There are many technical concerns reg. the pixel count and also pixel pitch(the size otf the pizels that are located on the imaging wafer.) The controversy focuses on whether it is better to have more pixels and get higher resolution or have lesser pixels and less noise per unit pixel. The understanding is the imaging wafer is 24x36 mm and if there are more pixels on the wafer and consequently smaller pixels(smaller pixel pitch); if there less light getting on each of the smaller pixels there is a need to amplify the gain on each of the pixels and unfortunately generate either noise in optical terms or distortion in musical terms. The principal is identical. The naysayers will argue that the efficiency of  the smaller newer pixel will be greater than  the older and better in the efficient extraction of light energy. Why not just make the imaging wafer larger than 24 x36 and then we will have the best of both worlds?

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