We are all getting excited about the new D5 and possible D400 with 4K video. yet other manufactures are testing Min 8K up to 16k, Are Nikon falling behind in the cutting edge of technology? It would seem that the "K" race is becoming like the "Pixel" race.
Unless we start doing lots of high resolution 360 degree video stuff for VR, but in a single panel application I think 8K will fill the needs of just about everyone.
I'm going to love it for ultra high density pictures at normal screen sizes and others are going to love having a less dense, but still really high quality screen plastered across their wall.
Not to mention 8K already requires more bandwidth than any current or near future consumer system is capable of.
The Japanese Super Hi-Vision spec (Which IMO is what everyone should shoot for) is 144 Gigabits per second, you could do that with PCI E3.0 lanes but I don't think anyone is going to market a TV that you plug directly into your motherboard any time soon.
I wish they would, but this industry is about taking baby steps and average consumer acceptance, not what I want (I think 4K should have gone mainstream with the first push in 2007, stupid Real Estate market).
They make the video from Canon bodies look horrid, but you pay for it.
I agree that Sony, if they really get the mirrorless stuff where it needs to be, they will be the big threat.
I said before, I never thought I would use my DSLR for video untill I saw how clean high ISO video was in the middle of the night with the D810..... now I make a point to use it for video at least once or twice a month.
Seriously though, this thread is about 10 years too soon. Put it in a time capsule and come back once 1080p even becomes the defacto standard for everyone, because let me give you a hint, even though 1080p was created 15 years ago, it still isn't.
Then the transition to High Def (I do not consider 720p high def, 1080p is high def). Now 4k, 8k, and 16k is being tested in Japan now.
720p was the dumbest thing and a gimmick. It was just to get a low bandwidth digital signal into peoples homes.
Honestly I can't wait for 16k TV's. We should just skip 4k and 8k all together. The problem with 4k, 8k and 16k is the bandwidth they require to transmit signals right now.
I think Nikon has been slacking in the video area and really should be leading, but then again, Sony makes the sensors, not Nikon, they might be to Nikon's spec, but they are still Sony fabs.
The other thing to think about is noise reduction.... Half of that 16k signal is probably lost to removing noise so you are really getting a near perfect 8k picture from a 16k signal.
Notice how you loose allot of noise when you re-sample / resize 36mp D800/800E/D810/D810A photo's......
This 4K unit is only $449, and the price will continue to drop.
I buy the $h!4 out of these for commercial use, they work great as monitors too.
Let's get our terms straight anyway:
The term "fab" is short for "fabrication facility".
At the end of the day, a fab is nothing more than a fancy (i.e. expensive) photocopier, it's just that the "original" is a mask:
The "paper" is silicon wafers:
And the "toner or ink" is a combination of chemical etching and depositing of specific conducting, insulating, or semi-conducting material.
To produce a chip or die (a sensor is a fancy chip) the mask is used to photolithographically etch the various patterns, and the die is diced out of the wafer and mounted in a package to be handled and used in producing whatever you are making.
Nikon makes the masks (they may borrow or "license" someone else's as a starting point)
Nikon specifies the formula for etching and depositing
Nikon designs and applies the bayer array, microlenses and packaging
Sony (or Fujitsu or Toshiba, or Intel, or about 50 others) own the Fabs, which cost upwards of $1 billion to build these days. Getting one of these guys to make your chip is the equivalent of saying "Can I borrow your photocopier to make a few copies?"
If it is a complete Nikon design, the chip is no more Sony's than the copies you make of your document are Xerox's.
The lines get blurred when Nikon is licensing a existing complete design and only making minor tweaks.
All that being said, the sensor plays only a small part in making a video. The processor (expeed) does about 90% of the work, the sensor about 10%.
Does this mean I have no idea how to get video on either of my cameras? LOL
Except by accident, of course
I have personally owned handy cam's and what ever canon's equivalent is...... Then I got a Go Pro hero 3+ black edition (shoots 4k) in a limited fashion.
Then I played with video on the D810......
There is something to be said for better video formats on better sensors.
The Go Pro is nice when there is enough light...... the cell phone syndrome........ oooohhhh woowwwwww.... Then when the "light" starts disappearing or at night...... This is some noisy (Insert what ever you want here)
Then low light video with the D810....... no comparison. If I could afford $10,000 for a entry level pro grade video camera (Not a canon) I would jump on it..... For now, the D810 simply puts all the consumer grade video camera's to shame when it comes to noiseless video at night.
I feel like all those other camera's where a waste of money, the only advantage the Go Pro has is it is small; but it looses that advantage with the 15 minute battery life..... lol
I use an XL Mic and the Atomos Ninja Blade and get excellent quality results.The DOF that the Nikon Lenses can produce give great effects and of course on Post Production Final Cut Pro 10 with the thousands of add-on Plug-ins make film making an unlimited procedure.