SD 16

Started Jun 7, 2011 | Discussions thread
Roland Karlsson Forum Pro • Posts: 27,398
Re: Any new camera will probably be expensive now...

JohnLindroth wrote:

Not knowing where the cost of the SD1 is accounted, it's difficult to say that any camera with a 'new' X3F sensor will ever be priced at consumer level again, since it seems that the sensor is the only place to put the high price of the SD1.

My guess is that all Foveon sensors have been developed and made at a great loss ... taken either by Foveon´s founders or by Sigma.

My guess is that there are many generations of Foveon sensors to come until any one can cover its own costs.

My guess is that the SD1 sensor has so extremely low yield that it hurts and that the cost for testing out a good chip is extraordinary. Thereby, even though the chips are reasonable cheap to make ... the cost of making each camera is huge. Therefore ... its impossible to sell them cheap.

But with the advances of new technology since 2002, maybe they could take the original foveon chip and just make it FF. I would be happy if they made the sensors larger - maybe that would allow for removing the foveon magenta/green blotches (which seem to be inherent in the technology).

Making 3x area SD10?

I am not sure its a clever idea.

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