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11-10-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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New Dial

I just found out the new, additional dial on top of the full-frame camera allows you to switch from the CCD sensor to the CMOS sensor. Pentax said they would only enter the FF market if they could do so with an innovative product. The CCD will give uncompromised low-ISO shots in the field, with absolutely no noise, and the CMOS will allow unparalleled high-ISO shots in low-light situations.

Okay, one can dream about a feature like this, can't I? There have been several posts about this dial and what it will be used for, but post here if you have another innovative idea for the new dial.

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Having two sensors in one camera would be impractical...
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Nearly impossible since they would need to be in the same location...
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On Pentax innovation.... well, first they should do a camera that works to the level of competitors, then they could parade with fancy features.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
Nearly impossible since they would need to be in the same location...
No itís easily fixed with an electronic viewfinder.

So instead of having the pentaprism on top you put the CCD sensor there. And the CMOS sensor is of course at the usual place. So when the mirror is down the picture is taken with the CCD, mirror up and you use the CMOS.

Wait a minute, this means that we could have both a 42Mp sensor for landscape and a 12Mp (or something adapted for video) for superfast sport action in one camera. Everyone is happy (except those who want a pentaprism.)
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On Pentax innovation.... well, first they should do a camera that works to the level of competitors, then they could parade with fancy features.
Hmm, a bit surprised by your comment. Pentax has a storied history of innovating. Have you used competitors' offerings? If they are that much better, switch and be done with it.

I don't want a camera that works like the competition. I choose Pentax because the equipment suits my method and style of shooting. Each camera company has their advantages and disadvantages.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
No itís easily fixed with an electronic viewfinder.

So instead of having the pentaprism on top you put the CCD sensor there. And the CMOS sensor is of course at the usual place. So when the mirror is down the picture is taken with the CCD, mirror up and you use the CMOS.

Wait a minute, this means that we could have both a 42Mp sensor for landscape and a 12Mp (or something adapted for video) for superfast sport action in one camera. Everyone is happy (except those who want a pentaprism.)
Not bad at all, although I wouldn't be interested in an EVF. What about a mechanical dial that lowers the sensor in the front, and the back of the sensor is a mirror, so when the second sensor is being used, the first sensor acts as the mirror? Then you get an optical VF.

I would imagine the mechanical linkages to be similar to the older mirror lock-up dials on film cameras. Then the only problem is to find a way to compensate for a slight difference in registration distances with each sensor.
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