Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Joe Ogiba
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Re: NEX VG-900 shoots 24MP stills

Josh152 wrote:

Erik Magnuson wrote:

Josh152 wrote:

I was thinking still cameras.  A video camera is a completely different thing and not really what this thread is about or what was being discussed.

Seems you haven't read much about the VG900 - one of the major complaints is that the sensor is not well optimized for video.  It really is mostly a FF NEX with odd ergonomics.

Which does not change the fact that it is a video camera.

Hello, it's now 2013 and on planet earth video is not a fad anymore, it's here to stay. The VG900 is the only full frame mirrorless that could work with almost any full frame or APS-C lens ever made since it shoots in both full frame or APS-C mode. It has shutter speeds from 30-1/8000 sec that is not available on the latest Canon 6D or Nikon D600.

How to get a Sony NEX with a 24 x 36mm sensor?
That's actually relatively simple. For a long time, we wondered whether it'd be better to try sticking the NEX's E lens mount onto the front of a Sony RX1 (24 x 36 mm, 24.3-MP CMOS) or whether it'd be better to build the electronics and sensor of an RX1 into the body of the NEX-7. But while we're always up for a bit of DIY, there's no way we can undertake that kind of serious camera surgery. Thankfully, a solution jumped right out at us from Sony's own product range—no, really! You may remember back in November 2012, Sony presented the NEX-VG900 camcorder, which basically combines the sensor from the RX1 with native compatibility for NEX lenses. Now, doesn't that sound interesting ... But it's a camcorder!
Yeah, OK, it's a camcorder ... but it has a 24 x 36 mm sensor and an E lens mount (no, really, we just can't get enough of that either!). Although it's technically a camcorder, right now, for the sake of pondering over the possibility of a full-frame NEX, we're only interested in what kind of pictures the VG900 takes. We're therefore not going to go into its design, handling, responsiveness or video quality here (sorry video buffs). Instead, we're going to look purely at the still-shot photo mode. In any case, 24 million pixels (6000 x 4000 pixels) aren't necessarily all that useful for filming Full HD video (1920 x 1080 pixels ... or 8.64% of the sensor's total resolution).
For taking photos, you'll be pleased to hear that the NEX-VG900E has a proper electro-mechanical shutter (something you don't get with the RX1), and that it can shoot RAW photos (ARW files) and has sensitivity settings from 100 to 25600 ISO. Wunderbar! Now let's get it into the lab.

Sony NEX-VG900E with the Leica Summilux-M 50 ASPH lens, using an NEX-to-M adapter ring

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