Nex 7 - "low-end of medium format"

Started Jan 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Carlos Echenique
Carlos Echenique Contributing Member • Posts: 980
Wow, i seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest...

The DxOmark tests of the NEX-7 do place it in the same category as many medium format digital systems, but another factor here is color gamut. The NEX-7 records 12-bit RAWs (68 billion colors) while the MFDs (usually) record 16-bit RAWs (281 trillion colors) and while either one is more than the eye can see, 16-bit is a much bigger box of crayons.

Regardless, I have worked with DSLR, MFD, and now NEX-7 RAW files. I am seeing similarities and differences, but the NEX-7 is doing some things that were squarely MFD territory a few years ago. Should MFD makers feel threatened? Only if they have been sitting on their laurels. Those who have moved up and on will do fine. I feel the Pentax 645D is a more credible threat to them anyway. And if Pentax brings out their rumored Medium Format Mirrorless at Photokina '12, that's where the real shakeup is going to be.
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