Earlier on in the year, we saw some hacked Sigma DP cameras that were modified by a Chinese company to accept Leica M lenses. But according to a new report, the company may be coming out with a Micro Four Thirds camera of some sort. Years ago, Sigma joined the Micro Four Thirds coalition and a rumor about this also came about. They were quickly proven to be false, and the company has since been supporting the system with lenses and even refreshes to those lenses (see our Sigma Prime Lens Guide).
If the company has been considering an ILC system, then they’re going to have to target at the higher end and studio spectrum unless they can come out with an absolutely kick ass sensor that does well in low light. When we reviewed the DP3, we were thrilled with its performance. The camera’s sensor resolves so much detail and the high ISO results when converted to black and white are beautiful. But another problem holding them back in Adobe’s lack of more support for the Foveon sensor despite how excellent it is.
Who knows: maybe they’ll come out with something like the OMD.
When the first digital cameras (that were actually interesting to consumers) came up in the nineties, the main technology used for their imaging sensors was the CCD technology. In order to be able to record color information, digital imaging sensors were (and still are) typically equipped with a so-called Bayer pattern color filter. With the advance of technology, another type of sensor started to emerge: the CMOS. Today, CMOS sensors have replaced CCD sensors in most types of digital cameras. But besides these two, there are other types of sensors as well–some of which only existed for a short time, or even only as patents. In this article, we want to take a look at the different types of digital imaging sensors, and explain their technological peculiarities.
The fixed-lens compact camera with a larger-than-average sensor is the prothusiast’s most valued companion. Why? Because it promises excellent image quality in a small and light package. Often equipped with lenses between 28 and 35mm, these cameras lend themselves to street photography and journalistic styles. Due to the success and popularity of this camera type, there is now a significant number of models on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to get. In order to make things easier for you, here are five fixed-lens compacts that The Phoblographer recommends.
Today, Sigma released the latest version of their Photo Pro software, Photo Pro 5.5. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Sigma had mentioned that this update was coming (slated for Feb. ’13 release) back at CES 2012. Those familiar with Sigma’s cameras will be no stranger to the Photo Pro software as it is, and has been, the best software to get the most out of the Foveon sensor. Hit the jump for more information.
Panasonic just published a press release in which the company states that it has patented a new sensor technology that effectively gains a stop of light sensitivity by doing away with the color filter. The idea is not new–in the past, people had their cameras modified to be monochrome only by taking away the color filter array. The same has been done with the Leica M Monochrom, which effectively boosted its base ISO from 160 to 320. However, Panasonic’s new technology doesn’t leave the camera ‘color blind’. Quite on the contrary.
Sigma’s DP3 was just announced at CES 2013. The new camera once again Sigma’s Foveon sensor technology and finds a way to differentiate itself from the other DP camera models. What’s so different about this camera is the fact that there is a 50mm f2.8 lens permanently attached to it: rendering the field of view to 75mm.
In my original news post, I bashed this a bit. And then, I tried it.