Full Frame future in small cameras and Cell Phones/Tablets

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BorisK1
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Re: Full Frame future in small cameras and Cell Phones/Tablets
In reply to blåland, 5 months ago

blåland wrote:

BorisK1 wrote:

scorrpio wrote:

It would require creating a material that can manipulate light in the same fashion a regular lens does while remaining entirely flat and about 1-2 mm thick. Probably something integrated with the sensor like those microlenses in use today - but of a much higher order of construction, and manipulable on atomic level to provide zoom and focusing functionality. Consider a precisely aligned refraction layer where every atom can be rotated at the same time by a precise angle. Billions of them at the same time. That's a level of nanotechnology we are nowhere close to. Although who knows what those secret military-funded labs are up to?

Or, it would require an array of cellphone camera modules. Mount enough of them on the back of the tablet, add some image-stacking software, and you'll have all the characteristics of an FF sensor - great low-light performance, narrow DOF, huge DR, that sort of thing.

Just like this!

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3548643

Quite.  I can see two problem with this approach though.

First, very few people would pay the premium for MF-level image quality - and because there are few of them, the premium would be very high.  Cellphones are so cheap only because there are a lot of them.

Second, the ergonomics.  It's hard to mount a tiny cellphone on a tripod and attach an external flash to it.

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