Sony’s new translucent mirror technology cameras in the digital world are definitely an edge over various other technologies and product employed in the present day to day. The translucent mirror technology is something as old as 1965, a mirror component introduced by the Canon Pelix and called the Pelllicle mirror. This technology had the advantage of a zero “blackout time” which actually is a blockade of the view in the optical viewfinder when the mirror moves upward for a moment. The digital camera per se, was initially introduced way back in 1995 by various camera manufacturers starting with the Kodak and then the Canon, Olympus, Casio etc. With time, digital cameras were available with various features that earstwile SLRs, telefocus, DSLRs and various technologies saw the light of day with digitalization, coming of age.
1951 saw the first video tape recorder producing live images converted to digital format and stored on magnetic tapes. 1960 saw, NASA using this technology of digital capture after conversion from analog of space image probes mapping the surface of the moon. 1972 saw, Texas Instruments introducing a filmless electronic camera. 1981 saw the Sony Mavica, electronic still camera as one of the first electronic cameras, although still not a true digital camera. 1991 was when Kodak introduced their first professional digital camera through the Nikon F 3 installed with Kodak 1.3 mega pixel sensors. 1996 introduced the Sony cybershot. Then came IBM with their internet based image transfer facilities, Kinko and Microsoft with Kodak for digital imaging software for producing photo CD photographs and Hewlett-Packard digital cameras. Things changed drastically after that.
Organizations like Sony went superspeed with high accuracy finger vein authentication technologies, high framed rate single length 3D camera technologies etc. 2011 saw Sony introducing their first ever digital cameras with the age old translucent mirror technologies using a fixed translucent mirror that splits the optical pathway between the main image sensor and a separate 15 point phase detection, autofocus sensor.
This breakthrough in application of concepts helped in simplified mechanical design, reducing camera size as also the complexity besides overcoming traditional limitations in the erstwhile DSLR models. Sony thus managed to introduce exciting new possibilities in framing and viewing one of the highest quality video and still images. One of the major features of image stabilization with antishake corrections featured by the Sony development also allowed extra wide panaromic views with huge field of views capturable, displayed on most compatible 3D HD television systems. Another grounf breaking advancement was the integration of GPS allowing automatic geo-tagging of images and video clips. The digital image compositing and processing functions opened the world of artistic possibilities for professionals and amateurs alike.
This unrivalled speed and precision of phase detection auto focus both stills and full HD video recording allowing live view LCD electronic viewfinders helping the photographer, monitoring the images or videos while capturing them in real time is something fantastic. As regard mega pixel factors a 14.2 to 16.2 megapixel censor facilities, with informative on-screen displays and close to 100% framing activitiy is something interesting to try.