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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The folks at Canon labs have been busy.

Aug 24th was the press release for Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor with approximately 120 megapixels. 120 megapixels! Some top pro digital cameras have 21 megapixels. This is just nuts. In a good way.


http://www.canon.com/news/2010/aug31e.html

What is the benefit? Examining a fashion model’s skin pores? Actually there are many. For example it enables cropping images and videos with relatively no loss of resolution.

The press release states, “Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.”

Imagine a wide view video of a soccer match with the ability to zoom in on any one player and still maintain HD.

The August 31st press release is also notable - an 8 inch x 8 inch CMOS sensor with ultra high light sensitivity.

http://www.canon.com/news/2010/aug31e.html

Translated for us laymen:

- Full Daylight is about 10,000 LUX
- Cloudy day is about 1,000 LUX
- A lighted parking lot at night is about 10 LUX (average)
- A full moon is about 1 LUX

This sensor can record shooting with a mere 0.3 lux or half the light of the moon!

“The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination.”

Have you ever seen a beautiful moonlit mountain range or valley? Imagine low light underwater photography in lifelike detail and clarity. These beautiful scenes can now be captured in a large, large format. Think “Ansel Adams already has one on order”.

But on another note, this mad rush to capture images that are “lifelike” has what motive? Because we can? Or because the beauty of this world will soon be gone?

 

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Canon 5D Mark ii

A long time ago when cameras used film, I was a wedding photographer. When shooting an afternoon wedding we often had a photo session before the dinner. By that time the wedding party had had a few drinks and everyone finally started to relax.

Summer evenings in Vancouver are magical. The sun bathes everyone in a golden glow and light breezes caress like fine silk. But it is at this fleeting moment that wedding photographers have to work as fast as possible, burning through film and profit, hoping to capture 2 or 3 truly memorable moments. I can remember daydreaming about a digital camera that could capture in a few seconds hundreds of images of a glowing bride. Then afterwards pull an image from this brief “video” (or series of images rapidly taken) at the exact moment everything was perfect. All without film.

At that time I was shooting formals with a Bronica 6x6 SQ system and my candids with a Canon EOS 1n and L lenses. Generally we shot 20 rolls of 36 with the Canon and 10 rolls with the 6x6. At a pro lab, this cost about $300 for processing and print proofs.

Old news, but guess what, pro-series cameras can now do just that, rapid shooting and HD video. Engadget reported that the last season of the TV series “House” was shot with a canon 5D Mark ii. The 5D Mark ii can also shoot 30 frames a second!


Until recently, this has come at pro price of about $3000.

While watching the 2010 US Open tennis (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html ) an Olympus EP2 video ad caught my eye, it stated that this little camera was used to film the ad in HD video. It can be bought for about $550. Amazing stuff. My dream came true quicker than I thought.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/13/canon-5d-mark-ii-used-to-shoot-entire-house-season-finale-direc/

 


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