Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?

A lower resolution three-chip camera can actually render more accurate images to that of a higher resolution single-chip camera when you compare on a pixel-by-pixel resolution.

Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?
As shown in the first of three images with this article, is the representation of color filters for a single-chip camera. Each glass represents a pixel and the gel is the color filter that makes each pixel only respond to the particular bandwidth of light.
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Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?
As shown in the first of three images with this article, is the representation of color filters for a single-chip camera. Each glass represents a pixel and the gel is the color filter that makes each pixel only respond to the particular bandwidth of light.
Credit: Courtesy of YouTube

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So an example of where what is spelled out in the third image matters, is where AVE two years ago installed a set of 4K “studio” cameras, that were single chip into a church. While the resolution was great, their performance during a normal worship service left a bit to be desired. Most notably with the low-light level.

The church opted to turn the gain all the way up on the camera, which added noise to the picture. The results were still acceptable, but it left no margin as the gain was at maximum. The only other option was to increase the light level.

On the flip side, another project that the integrator did, involved a set of three-chip 2/3-inch 1080 cameras. Even with the very low-light levels during worship, the image was still crisp and rendered accurate color. So much so, that if compared side by side with the aforementioned 4K cameras, the choice was easy for anyone to see that the “lower resolution” camera was the better choice.




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By Bill Koonce on February 26, 2018

This has got to be one of the best, most succinct arguments for why 3-sensor cameras are worth the investment. A great executive summary to use for citation when writing up a purchase request. This is especially important when making a case to non-technical management, or to people who don’t know what separates the amateur from the professional. Us old-timers know in great detail why we choose professional gear, but it’s hard to distill it into an answer to “Why not use a SLR camera?” and similar questions.

Frankly the “Bayer vs. 3-chip” issue is probably for a more sophisticated end user than the church currently using an iPhone for streaming and nothing else. Those who are upgrading from a phone or other simple, fixed focal length camera to one with, say a zoom lens for example, may need to understand the optics first, essentially why to zoom. That will likely lead to look into multi-camera production and other things like IMAG. Now it’s a lot more than just a camera. I’d hate to see any church pony up $10,000 for a camera, only to discover that it’s the beginning, not the end of their upgrade path.


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