Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,247
Re: Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Bart Hickman wrote:

However the size itself is a down-side.

Not always: Larger size can mean larger, better separated controls for use with gloves or in the heat of the moment.  Larger battery capacity.  Space for dual card slots, etc.

Better noise performance can be obtained through other advancements (as is has been over recent years), but car cargo capacity can only be achieved by making the car big.

The same performance tricks can be applied to the large sensor as well.  The performance advantage remains the same.

They only like the larger camera because the lenses are so big.  If the Pentax Q had the same performance characteristics as a Nikon D800, the D800 would be in big trouble.

Not going to happen anytime soon. And then whatever the D800 equivalent of the time will be, it will also have similar performance improvements.

From what I've read, the 5.25" drives were only closing the gap for smaller capacity sizes.

So you put them in an array of multiple drives.  The fast 8" drives were fast because they used a lot of platters. Does it matter if you have 8 platters in one case or 4 cases of two platters each?  Which solution scales better?

Hard drives have some significant physical issues as well: mass of the platters, mass of the heads, energy required to drive those masses,  distance the heads needs to move to seek, etc.  The angular momentum and head mass of some of those old drives was such that certain seek patterns could make the drive housing "walk" like an out of balance washing machine.

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