Poll on the use of Live View on DSLR

Started Oct 11, 2010 | Discussions thread
bobn2 Forum Pro • Posts: 56,387
Re: I'll take a stab.

ginsbu wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

Rriley wrote:

Kodak used to make the sensors for Olympus, now Panasonic does. Given that the sensor for the GH1 has better QE, less read noise, and a higher FWC than the sensor for the PL1, all of which translates to less noise and greater DR, with both sensors are from Panasonic, it would reflect very poorly on Olympus had they any form of R&D control over the sensor -- they would have been better off purchasing the sensor designed by the Panasonic R&D team.

More than that, the argument that Olympus (or Panasonic) capped at 12 MP to keep the noise and DR down falls apart when compared with the 18 MP sensor for the Canon 60D which has higher QE, lesser read noise, and a higher FWC still, falls apart rather quickly.

As Bob has said, "12 MP is a necessity, not a virtue".

its not that
it wont fit

What won't fit?

The larger GH sensors would presumably require a redesigned IBIS unit and perhaps reconfiguration of other internals within the E-3/5 body. Assuming Olympus wanted to maximize reuse of E-3 design elements and minimize additional development costs, this seems like a pretty good explanation for why a GH sensor didn't make it in.

You mean nearly as big a rearrangement as fitting a microphone for the movie function. That explanation really doesn't wash. After all, Nikon managed to fit a whole sensor shaker in the D3s without a radical change to the body. In any case, to cripple performance of your flagship camera for the sake of a few minor adjustments to the castings seems a strange decision, especially when those minor adjustments are being made for other reasons.

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