BradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
I was browsing trough a large selection of DSLR reviews and looking at the prices of them and I came across the Mamiya ZD...
Now this camera has:
• 21.7 million pixels total
• RAW without compression size: 5328 x 4000
• 1.16 x focal length
• ISO 50 - 400
•2.3 or 5 frames (single and continuous)
•1.2 fps up to 10 shots
and many many more breathtaking specification which can be seen here... http://www.dpreview.com/news/0603/06030903mamiyazd.asp
Now after trying to unsuccselfully trying to find the price of this I could only find it on www.ebay.com priced at US $12,999.00
I almost choked after seeing this price tag.
What do you think of this and is this much quality needed in a camera and would you ever buy one of these?
Edoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 687 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
Bradley - there's just no comparison with the DSLR's and point&shoots that us mortals / amateurs use... This is a medium format camera. The pictures it produces are not 3:2 images as with most DSLR's and analog 35mm film SLR's. The images are not even 4:3 as with most P&S. This produces almost square large pictures just like analog Mamiya and other similar cameras (I'm not a specialist at all, but there are other brands like Hasselblad etc). Such cameras are used by pros - let's not forget that photography as we know (i.e. all based on the old 35mm film camera) is only a tiny part of what exists out there.
To answer your question though, basically the picture produced with this camera will have many more pixels than one from a standard cam. Resolution may seem extreme, but it may not be that fantastic when you consider the type of pictures and the sensor used. Like I said, this is probably a simplistic view, others will be able to explain much better...
So if you need to produce pics like this, as many pros will (wedding photography, nature, art, studio work, ...) yes you might actually need this! Good question anyway, could become an interesting thread...