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Sensor Size Cheat Sheet Update


After some discussion on dvinfo, I added the 1/2” chip size used in the Sony EX1, as well as this weird format I just heard about called 35mm motion picture film (Super 35).

Reader Comments (10)

Hmm. I the EX1 sensor looks pretty small...

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRusty Moyher

So... how about adding 1/3" sensor sizes, you know like in the vast majority of prosumer camcorders? Heck you may even want to add the 1/4" used in a lot of consumer camcorders too. I know... give an inch and they want a mile.

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

My old canon is a 1/6" !

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRusty Moyher

I'd be more tempted to go off a sensor size calculated off the user manual than off the PanavisionNZ site. I've tried to use their 1/3" sizes in Maya before when matchmoving Sony Z1 footage and things never seemed to line up. Basing it off the user manual (4.98mm*2.80mm) got things lined up better.

August 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterearlywill

The DVX sensor size is 4.8 mm x 3.6 mm.

August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Provost

This kind of info is vital if you work in VFX and (especially) with 3D.

Trying to find the true size of someone else's digital camera's "film back" is amazingly difficult.

Unless I've just be asking the wrong people? Or the wrong way?

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

Considering the new Ikonoskop A-cam dII camera is using a "Super 16mm sized" sensor, it would be great to have that size on the chart too.
Super 16 film actually has a number of apertures at the film plane:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_mm_film

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHa

Stu, I think you may have left out the 30D's shape on the chart. I looked and looked, but I just can't find it. Or is it just supposed to be the same as the Nikon DX?

November 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterTimothy Grindall

Hm, it's a tiny bit different, so it should show up. Oops! This post could probably use an update anyway — thanks for catching that.

November 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterStu

One thing I haven't ever understood: why is "Super 35" only 24.89mm wide? Are the 10mm or so that are missing the area for the perfs?

This would explain why a digital sensor can be the full size of the frame, and why film for stills is also full-frame.

Did I just answer my own question?

November 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterNaveen Mallikarjuna
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