In a previous entry, I talked about the fallacy of yearning for digital cameras with a sensor that is the same size as a piece of 35mm film. I argued that smaller-than-film sensors are perfect for photojournalism and other fast-moving photography, and larger-than-film sensors are perfect for super-pro photography like landscape and studio.
The size of a piece of obsolete motion picture film is, in my opinion, an imaginary and irrelevant bellwether of imaging.
In the past week, I have been reading reviews of what might end up being the large-sized sensor that defines the high end of digital photography, the Leica S2. The sensor is 45mm x 30mm, making it about 56% larger than a piece of 35mm film. Rated at 37.5 megapixels, reviewers of the pre-production models of this camera are simply stunned by the amount of detail it captures. It does cost quite a lot compared to APS-sized sensors, but is reasonably competitive with the so-called “full-frame” models from Nikon, Sony, Canon and others.
Here is an excellent preview of this spectacular new camera from Michael H. Reichmann…