Sep 6, 2005

Digital Times - Professional Digital Cameras

About.com has a series about digital cameras in the digital age. In the latest segment found here, they list the top professional digital cameras of our time (in alphabetical order)

A couple of snippets from the article-

Canon EOS-1D

The EOS-1D was Canon's first serious professional digital camera, following on the D30 'prosumer' model. It was based on the fine EOS-1V film camera.

Canon EOS-1DS

This rather confusingly named camera is much more than a minor upgrade to the EOS-1D its name suggests, with more than double the number of pixels and a full-frame (36x24mm) sensor that gives images 4064x2704 pixels.

Kodak DCS 14n (available end of 2002)

Kodak DCS Pro 14n is the first camera that Kodak have really produced on their own, although they are still buying in the basic body chassis and lens mount from Nikon. So far only a few people have had a really good look at this camera, but the details available are very promising.

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro

This camera is based on the Nikon F80 (N80) body and has a hexagonal pixel CCD sensor with 6.17 million effective pixels - giving 12 million pixel images (4256 x 2848.) It has a focal length multiplier of 1.5, turning a 16mm lens into the equivalent of a 24mm. The camera delivers an ISO range of 100 to 1600 with impressively low noise.

Nikon D1-X

This camera uses a CCD sensor with a 1.5x focal length multiplier (16mm becomes a 24mm equivalent) to give 5.9Mp images. These can more than hold their own against any film in the range ISO 125-800, although at the boosted speeds of 1600 and 3200 there is rather a lot of noise.

Sigma SD9 (available around end October 2002)

Sigma's SD9 using the novel Foveon X3 technology has been long awaited. The first cameras are expected to be available in Japan this week, and it should reach other markets around the world in the next couple of months. The image quality of the samples that have been released on the web is simply amazing, and may well make up for what is now the rather small image maximum size of 2268x1512 pixels. At full size, the camera only allows 6 frames in a burst at 1.9 fps, which is perhaps a little low.


This article is obviously dated already as the S2 Pro has been replaced by the S3 Pro and there is now a Nikon D2-X.