Neoasphalt: Mr. Fossum,I would like to get answer from expert as you on the following question - if the given size sensor pixel density would be reduced, lets say four times, from common 16 to 4 MP (enough for people who don't print their images) and made with the same latest CMOS technology, will this result to significantly:1. Lower noise2. Higher dynamic range3. Better tonal range4. Higher color depth5. Cheaper production costs6. Or other possible improvements?
As I understood if pixel size will be 4 times bigger on same sensor size you think that SNR will be better while other parametrs staying the same.I compared 3.1 and 3.9 MP old generation (2005) sensors with same optics & body and noise levels of 3.1 MP one is really much lower, although pixel density is only 1.2 times less. So I tought that with new technologies and 4 times lower density (e.g. 16->4) noise levels should be hugely lower which may attract many customers, cause most of the latest high megapixel P&S (and some higher class) cameras have visible/excessive noise even at base ISO in good light.
*I am not expert in sensor technology, but I assume if density becomes 4 times less and technology is similar then it is possible to make pixel size roughly 4 times bigger.*Same optics.* We are optimizing pixel to such possible extent that production cost left the same or less and those 5 (or more) parametrs becomes as good as possible, although making priority on lower noise.
Mr. Fossum,I would like to get answer from expert as you on the following question - if the given size sensor pixel density would be reduced, lets say four times, from common 16 to 4 MP (enough for people who don't print their images) and made with the same latest CMOS technology, will this result to significantly:1. Lower noise2. Higher dynamic range3. Better tonal range4. Higher color depth5. Cheaper production costs6. Or other possible improvements?
I was considering NX200, but now I am in big doubt. As I understood NX200 menu system is also not improved much - 8 clicks (plus adjustment with wheel) to compensate flash level on NX100 is a nightmare.Dumb megapixel race degraded potentially nice camera - if Samsung would stick with 14-16 MP much less noise reduction would be necessary.Only hope that they will release more models and some of them will be with much less megapixels and extremely low noise, as they stated that "Samsung is “determined” to be #1 in the mirrorless camera market by 2012 and be “the best selling camera brand” by 2015". If even Olympus has three sister PEN models, then Samsung have to have at least five parallel NX models to achieve their aimed heights.
When there will be the first HD resulotion (2MP) sensor (1/2.3 or bigger size) made with modern technologies for social network users who don't want to print their pictures, but instead of that want better quality in low light conditions, use smaller capacity memory cards, faster processing, post processing & upload times and simply watch them on the high definition screen and pay less for such a sensor (camera)?Or that never will be made cause it is dangerous to worldwide megapixel race and megapixel myth?
The one way for Olympus to get out of this stagnancy is to make new 2-6 MPix P&S camera line (on 1/2.3'' sensor size) with very low noise and break down the megapixel myth.
There is too much noise in sample 28 on her hands for ISO 220, although in high ISOs noise is controlled quite well.Some samples shows unnatural colours, in some saturation is too much, in some not enough...For this quality, sensor size and such a slow & heavy lenses its 2-3 times overpriced.
Where is the built-in flash Samsung???
I hope DPR will expand gallery tags in near future as they promised, so everyone can see photos of any particular camera model. Now there is just few most popular models and search seems to be not working. It will be very useful!
P.S. Probably you should ask members to add more tags to their photos so it will be easier to find images from particular countries, cities, conditions, camera settings, lenses, filters, photoshop plugins used. And one more thing - there could be also a tag that denotes that image is out of camera with no post processing applied - untouched.
I hope Fuji will not follow megapixel race, but instead of that really will cut down noise levels with fewer MP. At least give the choice to customers to those whose main objective is cropping and to those which want smaller file size (faster capture, faster post-processing, faster file transfer, saving memory space) and less noise instead.
ISO 6400 is not bad at all, but on sample 3 is a bit too much noise for ISO 100. But photgrapher is not the best for shure.
Sample image quality and sharpness from Nikon site looks quite good, but 913g (V1 + 10-100mm 4.5-5.6) they call an uprade from P&S...???Even bigger sensor GF3 + 14-140mm is 724g.
The only way Nikon can compete in IQ with m43 and compact APS cams is keep megapixels no more than announced 10 MP or go even less. If they wiil make 6 MP (absolutely enough for many users) sensor pixel density will be less (less noise) than any current m43 cam, except GH1.
I am surprised that on front panel there is big Nikon 1 label but designers did not find place for some rubber surface, even the small one, for better grip.
After I tried F2.0 I hate F3.5 and slower lenses. Better to make 1 fast than 4 very slow.
Too much noise for ISO 100 in the skytones - obviously there is too much megapixels squeezed in the NEX7 sensor, but overall quality is OK.
Sad, that I never will consider this a great zoom in small cam - dividing megapixels with 2 would be another story...
I wonder to know why DPReview withdraw all sensor pixel density values from specifications, cause it's the main number to determine low light performance (and overall output quality as well). I have some suspicion that its been done as a result of pressure from some manufacturers.Those where main numbers when I started to compare different cameras!It is clear, if people get more knowledge about these values, unnecessary (but profitable) megapixel race would be under the risk.
It's fantastic addition to G series, but I hope Panasonic's GF5 will be in two versions - simplified, like GF3 and something like GF5X with proper controls and extended features for serious photographers, but still easy pocketable.
njkdo: CMOS 1/2" and ONLY 16 mpx, sorry why not 35 mpx?
For me 8MP on this sensor would be on the edge, 6 or 4 would be nice, 16MP on 1/2'' - never. Still, have to search second hand market for old models with better IQ.