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Old January 6th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #1
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SONY CMOS camcorder

Sony's First CMOS camcorder

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Old January 6th, 2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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Camcorderinfo reported this too. The article seemed contradictory, first making CMOS sound inferior to CCD (which it can be), and then hailing it as the cam technology of the future (which it probably will be). It's not so much that they're wrong, but the way the article was written is kind of confusing.

Anyway, will using CMOS sensors automatically mean the cam will record true progressive scan and multiple frame rates? I'd be really pissed if they still held this tech back after using a chip that can do those things natively.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 06:36 AM   #3
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>>I'd be really pissed if they still held this tech back after using a chip that can do those things natively.<<

You mean like the way they hold back true 24p for any cam under 35k?
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Old January 6th, 2005, 10:22 AM   #4
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Reading the press release, I came to the conclusion that the cmos cam will still be a CF24 emulation, not true 24fps.

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Old January 6th, 2005, 11:24 AM   #5
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Just curious, but why are three CMOS chips necessary? It seems odd to me, since most digital cameras are single chip CMOS devices (right?). I know you get improved color depth when you use a three CCD setup for video, is it the same with CMOS? If so, why aren't there any 3 chip CMOS still cameras?

Again, just curious. Maybe it's a bit too earlier to discuss since this is "the first" cmos video camcorder.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 11:43 AM   #6
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At this stage the information is very premature, it might be that it's really a single chip with a lot of pixels and an RGB filter. Things like that have happened before. However if such were the case, at such a small size, the sensor would be very bad for low light conditions due to the size of the pixels. Perhaps Sony just HAD (no pun intented) to squeeze three sensors in there because it was the only way of getting reasonable sensitivity with CMOS.
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