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Sony release details of high frame rate CMOS sensors

The new technology is capable of capturing full resolution images at speeds of up to 60 frames per second.

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Sony release details of high frame rate CMOS sensors
Having only released details of the name that will be used on their forthcoming digital SLR cameras yesterday, this announcement could be especially interesting to owners of Minolta Dynax lenses and equipment.

Press Release:

Until now, digital cameras, even single lens reflex cameras, have only been able to capture a few frames per second. Sony's high-speed CMOS sensors, however, are capable of the previously unthinkable high-speed imaging of capturing all pixels at 60 frames per second.

The fact of being able to select the one 'that's it!' frame from not just a few, but 60, high resolution images per second makes it possible to find the perfect moment afterwards.

The truly perfect moment, which until now could not have been captured, can now be captured for posterity with the high picture quality you expect from Sony.
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BOB S 20 2.6k
Surely this is video camera technology but think of the memory required for 60 frames per second at say 10Mp ?

User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
More like 4Mp (or even less) - unless they have REALLY cracked it in which case the industry is about to stand on its head.
mattw 18 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
Time to buy shares in memory manufactures....

Is the shutter on a DSLR going to be able to keep up?
shutter reinvented!
The convergence between still and video predicted by some moves another step closer
I'd love to see an SLR mirror/shutter mechanism that can manage 60fps. This is presumably digital video at SVGA resolution?
It will be a great benefit to sports photographers !! They won't fail to catch that clash of heads or punch or hand ball with this sort of technology ..
Nikon D70 has a digital shutter (besides the mechanical one), the power from the sensor is cut off allowing studio strobe captures up to 1/1000 whereas cameras without that function can only synch up to 1/250th (Nikon D2x and D200). In this case, it's obvious that the shutter will stay open for the whole time, the sensor will swith on and off 60 times within a second.
sounds like a revolution though...
It's also obvious that, in addition to the shutter being open for the whole time, the mirror will have to be kept up, too, so you won't be able to see what you're photographing at 60 fps. A 60fps D70 would clear about 350MB per second, not leaving much space on a typical 2GB CF card so my guess is this technology is geared towards a digicam. Something with SVGA resolution.
Is the mirror not obsolete in digital cameras? With the picture captured by the sensor, then it could be relayed to an electronic viewfinder (as on my Minolta Dimage 7i). I accept that the quality in the viewfinder might not be as good.
I seem to remember Beaulieu movie cameras had a mirror shutter which gave you through the lens viewing at 25fps, so it's not impossible. But perhaps this would work with an electronic viewfinder?
Even video cameras only record around 30fps. I think PAL use 25fps for it purpose.

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