June 27, 2018

Keep Up-to-Date with Sensor Sizes and Resolutions Thanks to this Handy Chart

The 2018 chart from Thomas Fletcher and Gary Adcock is now better than ever. 

There are way too many cameras out there. Long gone are the days where it was either ARRI or Panavision (or maybe Aaton if you wanted to get weird). Between Arri, RED, Panasonic, Sony, AND Panavision all shooting their own sensor size, resolution, and file format, it's too much for the average filmmaker to keep easily in the back of their mind.

Perhaps that can change. As they have done for the last few years, Tomas Fletcher and Gary Adcock have done the hard work of assembling a chart of all the major players (including a summary of the projects shot on them) to help us keep track of what precisely is in the digital cinema camera space. The only major player missing is the DXL from Panavision, likely because it's a rental-only item. Since it's built on top of the DSMC2 Monstro however, some specs can be rolled over from there.

Credit: Fletcher & Adcock

Our favorite feature, present in years past but even more relevant this year, is the image that demonstrates sensor size. While back in the 2016 chart, it was largely a line of slight variations on the Super35mm size, this year's chart is truly all over the "size and shape" map. Check out the chart above as the top cameras go back-and-forth between Full Frame and Super35mm. It's great to see it laid out in a column and having a handy way to compare them is appreciated. 

Back in 2016 Fletcher & Adock also rolled out a massive comparison of cinema lenses. Considering the rapid pace of lens innovation in the last few years, we wonder if that is too taxing a project to organize, although it would be appreciated by those trying to remember what lenses are available that will cover what.

Check out the full chart here    

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The price is wrong on the Sony FS7 MK II.
Should be $9,000.

June 27, 2018 at 3:02PM

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Brian
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Such great infromation you have put on your blog post. I really appreciated it. bouncing balls

June 28, 2018 at 12:08AM, Edited June 28, 12:08AM

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ken koi
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I'm curious what their criteria is for picking these cameras and why not include more? Just build on the same list every year by adding more. It's a Google doc, it's not like they are limited on page space.

Obviously they exclude cameras that are rental only (why?) so the DXL and Alexa 65 are out, but what about the Canon C100mkI / II, the RED Raven, the FS5, etc? I mean when you really think about it we're not talking about a list that is all that insanely long.

But... all of that said. It's a very handy tool that I appreciate even as is. So thank you.

June 28, 2018 at 11:13PM

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Mike Tesh
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"Searching For Sugarman", in 2013 won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Shot in Super 8.
The largest sensor in the World means nothing if the story sucks.

June 29, 2018 at 2:53AM

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Jerry Roe
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Thank for your writting! It is easy to understand and detailed. I feel it is interesting, I hope you continue to have such good posts.
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September 12, 2018 at 1:47AM, Edited September 12, 1:47AM

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There sure are a lot of cameras out there!

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March 1, 2019 at 8:09AM

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