D800 - a dying species

Started Feb 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
migus Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: yawn

However, i take exception w/ the "bigger is better". It's easier to build a bigger engine, scope, system etc. than a smaller one.That's why 50 yrs ago IBM's 360 needed a big room and special power plugs, to do less than an iPhone.

So far Moore's Law hasn't been applicable to optical design. I have no doubt that the electronics in digital cameras can shrink considerably in size and weight. It's the photons that don't seem to want to scale.

If in 10 yrs. a 20Mpix 1/1.7" sensor would achieve the noise and DR of a sensor 15x its size (sensel pitch), then we'd be left mainly w/ an old question:

How to get shallow DOF and great bokeh from a tiny lens? Enter Lytro-like light field research - currently a solution looking for problems in the consumer space (and not quite finding them yet)...

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1942514918/ces-2012-lytro-photowalk?comment=9922553277

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