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Started Nov 9, 2008 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski Forum Pro • Posts: 34,314
power, viewfinder, etc. requirements...

RKGoth wrote:

dchphoto wrote:

1. November 20th- Nikon to announce new MX camera with larger than FF
5. Camera is d700 sized!
6. will ship with "pro" mx kit lens.
8. The technology is a big jump over what we have now.

Not buying it. If the sensor is larger than FF, then the power

May actually decrease. Sensor power increases with mp count, but given the same mp count and equivalent technology, it actually decreases slightly with increased size. In any case, the sensor is only about 1-5% of the power requirement of the typical camera: the display backlight typically draws over 20x as much power as the sensor.

viewfinder requirements (no pro is going to want an EVF
on a > FF sensor camera),

Why not? An EVF lets you...

1) instantly zoom in on any area of the image to check focus or examine a detail: a boon for product, fine art repro, macro, landscape, and architecture photographers. It's really amazing how much easier that makes using a tilt/shift lens. Wonderful for portrait photography, too, if your subject is even mildly cooperative...

2) instantly preview depth of field, something you just can't do on an SLR.

processing requirements are going to need a
bigger body than the D3.

Why? Assuming the MX doesn't need to blast away at 9 frames/sec, the existing D3 processor can just as easily run a 3 frame/sec 36mp camera.

The Mamiya ZD was immense for a DSLR, though
still "comparable" with the D3.

And most of that was pentaprism.

Unless Nikon are going to pitch up against the Leica S2, which I
think would be madness (the S2 already - to me - looks like a very
curious choice when the same money will get you an H3DII-31 or 39)

I don't see much future for "spork" format cameras like S2 at 30x45mm, or the new "Mamiya" at 33x44mm. Those are only 27% bigger than FF. One thing I learnedover the years, if you're not going to go up by at least a stop (41%, square root of two) don't even bother. That's basically one full paper size larger, or double the pixels. The 37x49mm (like that H3DII 39 you mentioned) are one stop up from FF.

can't see them bothering to move out of the 35mm market unless they
were going to launch something like a digital "rangefinder"
equivalent, like the G1 but true 35mm or similar.

That would be interesting.

What if the BIG announcement is a FF or APS compact?

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