Full-frame Pentax? No, but this is coming:

Adam Maas adam at mawz.ca
Sat Dec 8 12:17:09 EST 2007

Based on what I've seen, the E-3 is much closer to the D200 than the
D300 at 3200, and certainly inferior to the 40D (Poor resolution of
detail due to excessive NR).


On 12/7/07, Godfrey DiGiorgi <godders at mac.com> wrote:
> >>>> Who has a 14 megapixel APS CMOS sensor?
> >>>>
> >>> It's probably the Pentax-designed sensor we've been hearing about
> >>> for a
> >>> few years, with manufacturing done by some large semiconductor
> >>> maker.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Gee whiz.  Doesn't Samsung have the capability to do that sort of
> >> thing?
> Panasonic manufactures the NMOS 4/3 System sensor that the Olympus
> E-3 is using. From what I've seen, that chip has pretty darn nice ISO
> 3200 noise characteristics ... better than the Canon 40D, and very
> close to "on-par" with the Nikon D300 (the latest new technology
> 16x24 sensor DSLR). Given Olympus' spec for active chip area, that's
> 10.1 Mpixel spread over 13x17.3 mm chip area, or ~44,900 pixels/
> square mm.
> A 16x24 mm sensor having 14 Mpixel with the same technology would
> have lower density and presumably even better noise characteristics,
> at ~36,450 pixels per square mm. The K10D's older technology sensor
> has about 26300 pixels per square mm by comparison.
> Godfrey
> (BTW: my friend's Nikon D300 arrived yesterday. I had the chance to
> fool with it at lunch today. It was fitted with the Nikon 17-55/2.8
> VR lens. A very nice camera to work with.)
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