Olympus E-M5II and sensor shift technology – 40Mpx from MFT?
According to the 43rumors.com, Olympus migh shortly introduce successor of their OMD-EM5 camera, that seems to be discontinued. The most exciting part of this rumor is speculation about sensor shift technology that will allow to capture 40mpx images (made out of 8 captures), most probably similar to the Hasselblad H5D-200C technology.
This feature should make m43 sensor in Olympus capable of huge increase in resolution for stationary subjects. Considering great range of small lenses in m43 world and traditional build quality of Olympus bodies, we might have serious contender for the landscape camera of the 2015. Looking forward to hear more (if the rumor is true of course).
Source – http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-e-m5-successor-has-sensor-shift-to-create-up-to-40-megapixel-images-on-the-fly/
Based on this news, I’m going to make a prediction: the Sony A7r III will use sensor shift technology to create circa 105MP images in the same way as the new Olympus OMD E-M5 II.
Reasoning: Sony have already said that 42MP is optimal on full-frame, so where else can they go? Unless someone invents totally new physics for sensors, then this is the next best thing. Copying Olympus by installing 5-axis stabilisation was just the first step. Assuming Sony can achieve the same performance multiplier of x2.5, then 105MP might be possible.
What do you think?
I believe they can allow this function via firmware update in both A7II and A7r II. It will be marketing decision if they will do it or not IMHO.
If it’s just a case of enabling it, then perhaps some enterprising hacker will work out how to switch it on?