X-10 canvas-like texture in dark areas

Started Dec 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
Paul De Bra
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Yes, that's been stated many times: 6MP.

The 12MP are mostly there for marketing. The X10 has 12 million pixels but it is not a 12MP camera. A 12MP camera with 4:3 aspect ratio would have a sensor of 4000x3000 pixels. The X10 does not (nor other EXR models). The X10 has 2 arrays of just over 2800x2100 and they are offset diagonally. So the camera has to create an image out of these 2 arrays. Note that this corresponds to a 5600x4200 array of which only half of the elements have any light. So to produce a 12MP image the camera has to do quite a bit of processing to obtain a 4000x3000 rectangular picture.

Obtaining a 2800x2100 picture is easy though as it's just a matter of combining the 2 arrays in the right way (binning pixels for SN mode or exposing them differently for DR mode).

So for all intents and purposes the X10 really is a 6MP camera although it has a 12 million pixel sensor.

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