Ideal resolution for a full frame Foveon sensor?

Started Mar 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Rodrigo Cunha Contributing Member • Posts: 701
Re: Ideal resolution for a full frame Foveon sensor?

Remember there were working prototypes of the SD14 by the end of 2006. The 4.7mp design is now 6 or 7 years old (2005-2006). You don't want to use it! The read noise is much higher, for example, and the reading speed much lower.

Probably you could increase the pixel size in this new design without compromising other parameters, yielding better dynamic range and lower noise. But why bother? Just scale the SD1 sensor!

It's not like your lenses will be worse while using the new sensor, you'll just notice the problems better. And believe me: the resolution will be there, at least in the centre. In the corners, well, all wide angle lenses are worse in the corners... Just look at MTF charts! Some tele lenses are equally sharp in the entire frame, but those are rare indeed.

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