No Future Sony FF Cameras?

Started Jul 26, 2010 | Discussions thread
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BJL Veteran Member • Posts: 8,831
movie 'Super 35mm' format is roughly 'APS-C' size, not 'FF'

Zamac wrote:

As I see it, Sony is unlikely to abandon large size sensors. The coming expansion of the 4K video market is enough to ensure that.

It wil ensure Sony continuing with sensors in Super 35mm (25x14mm) and "APC-C" (24x18mm), but has nothing to do with the larger 36x24mm "FF" format.

In the movie world, "35mm" refers to several different formats with frame widths from about 22mm to 25mm: what you got by running 35mm film vertically through the camera, not horizontally as with still cameras. In particular, Sony's high end 35mm format digital cine-cameras (and most other digital cine-cameras) are in Super-35mm format and 16:9 shape, so about 25x14mm. The dominant cine-camera lenses are designed for this format, with image circles too small for the 36x24mm still camera format.

But anyway, those Sony professional video cameras use CCD's designed exclusively for video, not still-camera Exmor CMOS sensors, so decisions about those sensors are completely separate. Sony's one still&video sensor in "DSLR size" so far is the 23.4x15.6mm Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor used in the NEX cameras.

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