Yeah, OK, I JUST wrote another post saying that artistry trumps specifications, but holy smokes: Sony is rumored to be working on an 8K mirrorless DSLR-style body for 2016.
I recently dug up a post Ken Rockwell wrote back in 2008 that fellow planet5Dwriter Barry Andersson and I are arguing over (in a good-natured, collegial way) and will be writing about together in a separate piece: what is “the filmic look” and what role do megapixels play in it?
Some people like Rockwell; others don’t – but I’m a fan and I’m going to quote just one line from his post: “…you'd need a digital camera of about … 175 MP to see every last detail that makes [it] onto film…”
And I’m going to go one step further and quote BAFTA and Emmy-award winning documentary director Christopher Swann who schooled me when I asked him about megapixels and the filmic look:
“What everyone forgets is that film is an emulsion of silver particles with depth to it – and each particle reflects light in its own unique way. THIS – the tiny, random reflections — and how our brains process them — is what gives film its magic.”
I hadn’t though of that.
But what I do know is that beyond shallow depth of field, wide dynamic range and incredible color depth, 35mm films projected through old style projectors have dramatically more information than 35mm film which is scanned and then digitally projected.
How much information from digital sensors – and of what type – is enough to recreate the magic of film?
I have no idea – but I’d sure like to find out, and I’m pretty confident it’s more than HD or even 4K – so I’m going to be following the Sony story with great interest.
Then again, what do I know? I’m pleased by images that come out of my new iPhone 6, too.
Maybe the 80/20 rule applies to magic, too.
Sony Rumored to Be Working on an 8K Mirrorless Full Frame Camera That Will Arrive by 2016
The phrase “megapixel war” has been thrown around for quite some time now, but could we be seeing the beginnings of a “K war”? Sony is rumored to be working on a mirrorless full frame camera that captures footage at a staggering 8K resolution.
The report comes from sonyalpharumors, which tells us that at least two “good sources” have informed them of this camera.
The camera is said to be similar in design to the current Sony A99, so it may be a top-of-the-line mirrorless camera featuring a DSLR-style body.
Sources are saying that Sony has been showing the camera to certain potential clients, and that the prototype camera may become official and arrive in time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company is reportedly telling people to “consider moving to Sony today because in 18-24 months you’ll be wishing your team were already comfortable with it.”
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