Merrill sensored cameras ARE 30MP luminance equivalents to 30MP cameras!

Started Jan 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom Schum
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DPR review data

SD1M resolves about 3130 lines per picture height.  This is the same in the vertical and horizontal directions.  So sensor would be 3130 vertically by 3130 x 1.5 = 4695 horizontally.  4695 x 3130 = 14.7 million.  So the Merrill sensor resolution measures 14.7 megapixels.

Fuji X-E1 resolves similarly, so much so that DPR says in the X-E1 preview, "in terms of resolution the Fujifilm is very close indeed to the 24MP Sony NEX-7 or the Sigma SD1".

In the DPR review of the Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i, resolution is measured at 2400 lines per picture height.  This turns into 2400 x 3600 = 8.64 megapixels, and the basic sensor is 18 megapixels in size.  There is considerable moire at resolutions above 2400 lines if you check the DPR photos.

The Canon 6D resolution measures out to be 2800 lines per picture height.  This turns into 2800 x 4200 = 11.76 megapixels.  The sensor is 20.6 megapixels.

The Nikon D800 resolves 3200 lines per picture height at its best.  This turns into 3200 x 4800 = 15.36 megapixels. The sensor is slightly more than 36 megapixels.  There is considerable moire at resolutions above 3200 lines if you check the DPR photos on the D800E resolution page, although there is little or none of this in the SD1 photos.  The Fuji also exhibits little or none of the color moire, strangely enough.

Just based on DPR test results, it seems valid to say that the resolution of the Merrill sensor is a near match for 30 megapixel bayer sensors, although the X-trans sensor in the Fuji mirrorless cameras seems to be butting in and messing up the results for CFA sensors generally.

Back to the Fuji, I did a comparison shot between my SD1 and my X-E1 and found the image quality of the SD1 to be superior.  So much for measurements!  It must be the microcontrast and lack of interpolation that makes the SD1 sensor look so much better.

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