Phil Rhodes is a Cinematographer, Technologist, Writer and above all Communicator. Never afraid to speak his mind, and always worth listening to, he's a frequent contributor to RedShark.
There was a time when any electronic camera that didn't have three separate imaging sensors for red, green and blue was viewed as third rate. Security cameras hand single chips. Handycams. Not serious cameras. The first dedicated digital cinematography cameras – probably things like Sony's F23 and the Thomson Viper, were three-chip devices. Now, though, three-chip cameras are routinely criticised. What's changed?
An 8K camera with a sensor even bigger than a Vistavision frame for under twenty thousand euros is an enticing proposition. The specs for Cinemartin's Fran camera, an 8K device with a truly huge sensor, emerged about six months ago, and promised much. Now we've got our hands on one, is it too good to be true?
Computational photography techniques are now commonplace on smartphones, allowing tiny sensors to achieve amazing results. Phil Rhodes asks, why hasn't computational cinematography in bigger cameras yet become normal?
About a year ago, we covered the ISO and ASA systems as they apply differently to film and video cameras. There's been a lot of interest in that article, especially when it was republished more recently, with a lot of discussion about the details of how modern cameras implement their sensitivity settings. Phil Rhodes delves in even further.
According to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi Blade Runner, by this year, Los Angeles should have degenerated into a horizon-wide field of dystopian towerblocks, locked in a permanent neon-lit night. For better or worse, that hasn't happened, although some of the other technological leaps shown in the film sort of have...
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