Death of Full Frame

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Death of Full Frame
Apr 8, 2013

So lets make the following, sensible assumptions:

  1. Lets assume in terms of colours, resolution and everything relating to IQ that is not noise related is currently at a satisfactory level. Lets say around 80 points in dxomark.
  2. Lets also assume that camera sensor technology is still not optimal, because to get the levels of low-noise we require, we still need large, full frame sensors.
  3. However, in recent years, sensor technology is allowing great things to be achieved in small spaces. Resolution is impressive in Sony's RX100, and noise in Olympus's OMD is not bad for a small sensor, for example.
  4. When will sensor technology plateu, or will it plateau?
  5. Lets imagine that a M43 sensor in 5 years will be as good as a 5dmk3 today in terms of noise (this might be 10 years away, or more)
  6. If this happens, and we are still of the view that assumption 1 is correct (ie, we are happy with what we have IQ wise), then won't it be wonderful if we can use our tiny m43 lenses...

To me, the future is exciting to pack more and more in a small space, not to get to extreme levels of detail in massive packages (though both will always have their place, and people always want more of anything/everything).

But considering people are happy today with FF, then they should be happy in 5 or 10 years but in a tiny package.

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