Hey critics, they've said their prototype sensor is 128 x 128. The sample above is bigger than that and is described as a theoretical comparison.
So that ain't even it!
Jeff Peterman: Amazing how our expectations have changed. To me, these are grainy and over saturated compared to modern digital images!
Some people prefer the noise of a vinyl record audio reproduction, though they call it "warmth".
Would make a good wedding camera.
I suppose better than a Bushmaster, just.
(sorry, was anyone taking this seriously?)
That is Robert DeNiro isn't it?
They look good but that's largely due to post-processing. He limited himself when he chose the iPhone and only did it to draw attention to himself, that's not putting the customer first.
Also the whole instragram look feels like another fad - how are they going to react looking at these 20 years from now? Too bad the originals were taken with a POS (Piece Of...) camera.
<whispers> "I see dead people"
"Nah, I'm reading Time!"
I:7, Roger Federer. Looks like an oil painting.III:29, Space shuttle/basketball. Great juxtaposition, though prob setup. I reckon you'd be watching the space shuttle rather than play ball at a time like that.
A few too many election photos, but otherwise great.
starwolfy: I just Hope this camera will fail and not sale because I don't like Sony.(a guy who remembered he bought a super small nice wow genius NEX who electronically failed after 2000 exposures -_- )
Couldn't have happened to a nicer person!
Yes, 'self-shots' are very popular now.
bradleyg5: I will get this camera and keep it in my Porsches glove box.
But disregard capitalization and full stops, they're not so important.
Nice photo of course, but curious how a 1 second shutter can be utilised in a flying aircraft?
"the Leica M was created to capture fleeting moments of time and transform them into living history. "
Gosh darn it, my Sony only takes pictures!
nofumble: Sony demise is near as they keep coming to market with these kind of products.
How many people can afford a $2800 fixed focal length camera?
They've got a few other cameras in their line-up, some quite affordable. I recommend perusing the Sony camera section of this site.
IcyVeins: I think DPR loves my contributions to these review threads because in this one for example I am still singlehandedly responsible for one third of the posts, and this is only the apetizer, I guarantee you I'll be in full bwon attack mode when the RX100, NEX-5R, and NEX-6 reviews come out, I'll be ripping Canikon and Samsung to shreds for the inferiority and general ineptitude.
I'm presently researching attention deficit disorder and I love your contributions.
EasyClick: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isnt NASA supposed to have technology decades ahead of what's available on the market? They're the guys inventing the science and breakthrough technology...By the same reasoning they should have a photo sensor that would only be available today on the market. I understand the article but I just thought otherwise... Maybe someone should send an iPhone to Mars??
Of course NASA aren't investing in semi-conductor fabrication plants just for the sake of a space camera when the part itself has wide spread use outside of space exploration and hence is already manufactured to the best quality which present progress allows. Though one can ask why they chose the 2MP version when 11MP cameras were sitting in retail stores, that's the what this discussion is mostly about.
Dario D: Unlike a lot of commenters, I trust that the Curiosity guys are making their camera decisions for logical reasons.
About the overall approach, though, I'm wondering if Kate Piecrust has a good point. She said:"I also find it interesting that a Mars probe ten years from now will, based on how things are done at NASA, likely be sporting the technology available today (...)"
If that's true, NASA might want to examine that, and see if there isn't a more future-proof way to approach this stuff.
(Heck, if it could technically work, there could just be a row of slots in the next rover's arm, ready to have a bunch of top-level phones duct-taped into them. (When one dies, it gets ejected.) To keep things simple, and isolated from the rest of the bot, each phone would have its own tiny solar panel, and an antennae to send its images to the MRO/whatever. (Of course, this is all oversimplified, but I'm of the impression that simplicity is an engineer's main thing. I'd send a camera Barbie.))
You're quoting the user who doesn't get that resolution and field of view are two quite different things.
The suggestion that NASA must make all the right decisions because they're NASA made by you and others is purely an appeal to authority. Give NASA's size and bureaucracy they will sometimes make decisions which are less than ideal - why must this decision not be one of them? No one here can say so, they just assume their own ignorance is shared by others so no one else here is qualified to place a critical eye on the decision.
hc44: I'm gonna go against the grain here and say it's a compromise which didn't have to be made. You shouldn't have to re-invent the whole camera because of a sensor change. A sensor can be though of in abstract terms as a plug-able component with a fixed I/O interface. Resolution can be a variable which the rest of the camera can be made to work with as a variable. A hi-res raw image can be down scaled, sometimes you send the hi sometimes the low, you have the option. The engineers shot themselves in the foot when they began the project allowing for a fixed res sensor only, and did so knowing technology advances. In the 60s the Apollo project got a man on the moon in under a decade, imagine how fast pasted their project was, but now they can't change a camera sensor in the space of 8 years.
"Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a robotic space probe mission to Mars launched by NASA on November 26, 2011"
"The EOS-1Ds is a full-frame 11.4 megapixel digital SLR camera body formerly made by Canon, released in the spring of 2003."
Ran Plett: I just want to say one thing... They put this machine on another planet. And they are taking pictures and sending them back to this planet. From another @#$$% planet!! And some people complain about pixel count?!
Yep. You sent this $*#&$ thing to another &#&#*# planet! Another planet! And you spent $%#$@ billion dollars!!
Why the @#$# did you only put a 2 megapixel @*#&%^$ sensor on it!!???