New 192MP Sinarback eXact digital back from Sinar

Sinar announced a new Sinarback eXact digital back with 192 effective MP sensor:

"As you can see, there are two XL modes where the back shoots with an effective 192 MP sensor. There's the XL 4-shot mode, which provides 192 MP ‘single-shot quality’, however, there's also the XL 16- shot mode, which samples real colours from the subject for each half-pixel step in both directions."

Type of Sensor Dalsa FTF 6080C - RGB Mosaikfilter, Full Frame Technologie
Size of Sensor 8000 x 6000 Pixel, 48.8 Mio Pixel / 48.0 x 36.0mm
Display No
File Formate DNG
File Size 144 MB (24 BIT), 288MB (48 BIT)
Exposure rate Up to 13 Exposures per Minute
Live image Yes
Exposure time 1/10000 second up to 32 seconds
Nominal sensitivity ISO 50 - 800
Digitalisation 48 BIT (16 Bits per Chanal)
File Storage Firewire direct on the Hard Disc
Active Cooling yes (Fan and Peltier)
Power Supply Firewire 800
Firewire interface IEEE 1394b (800 Mbps, kompatibel zu IEEE 1394a 400 Mbps)
Exposure Software Sinar CaptureFlow 1.x and higher
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher
Windows operating System
System Requirements (Recommended) Apple Macintosh with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GHz or fasterprozessors with 4 GB RAM
Operating Temperature 0 – 45 °C / 32 – 113 °F
Dimensions and Weight 90 x 85 x 73 mm, 0.6 kg
Camera Interface Sinar p3/p2/p/x view cameras, Sinar m, Sinar Hy6, Sinarcam 2; Contax 645 AF; Fuji GX 680 I, II, III; Hasselblad V, H1, H2; Mamiya RZ 67/Pro II, RB 67, 645 AFD, AFD II, 645 Super, Pro, Pro6008, 6008 Integral, 6008 Integral2, 6008 AF. Any non-Sinar 4x5“ view cameras via Graflock adapter
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  • The D800 with a 36 MP sensor produces a 127 MB raw file. A 192 MP output (5.3 x 36MP) should be at the least 1/2 a GB of raw data and a ~1 GB TIFF file.

    Have fun guys. Soon you will have to buy low end supercomputers to handle files from the high end cameras.

    • Travis

      Where do you get this info? D800 files are 45 mb average with a maximum of 70 mb. This one produce file of 280 mb size – see the specs. It is massive but manageable for many pro shooters.

    • Jake

      A 12 core mac should handle the files just fine…..

      • Amtonio

        Surprising such a modest system can handle the files…lol
        If so, why is the manufacturer indicating a supercomputer like the”Apple Macintosh with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GHz or fasterprozessors with 4 GB RAM”?

        • chris

          “a supercomputer like the”Apple Macintosh with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GHz or fasterprozessors with 4 GB RAM”?”

          uh..i don’t even think they considered this a supercomputer in the early 2000’s.

    • Michael

      I work with 4×5 film drumscanned at 5200dpi. That’s 26,000 x 20,800.

      A 12-core Mac Pro handles the files.

  • Ken Elliott

    So it’s really a 48MP back, but moves it for mulit-shot images. Ok – that has it’s uses in the studio. And there’s this:

    “The eVolution backs were designed in a way that excludes all electronic modules that generate heat and there fore would generate noise (such as display, battery and internal storage).”

    So it requires that you tether it to a Mac with Firewire 800. And it gets its power from the Firewire interface, so that may be an issue in the field. At least it fits my Sinar X – and darn near everything else out there.

    No mention of price. I’m betting it will be high enough to keep me shooting 4×5 film.

    You got to hand it to Sinar, though. They continue to be the leaders in large format photography gear. I just love how well thought out everything is.

    • Vince

      Yikes – not even Thunderbolt or USB 3? Talk about limiting your market!

      • Ken Elliott

        Actually, firewire is not a bad choice. It’s fast and well known technology. USB is far more common and is supported in all current Macs, while Firewire is not. Frankly, Thunderbolt needs a bit of time to become mature and become more commonplace. My point is you can’t do anything without a computer attached, and this was intentional on their part, as they want to keep the sensor cool. I’m more interested in a Phase One IQ180, which has a display, battery and storage. But it doesn’t have the multi-shot capability that this and the Hasselblad back have. So I’d pick the Phase One for field and single shot use. For studio use, all three have their pros and cons. But I’d like to try one of these.

  • Pablo Ricasso

    It looks like that is the best of three new backs.
    48×36 is all they will do?

  • Harold Ellis

    yawn me
    hughs his “real 80” Mpix monster

    • Dumdum

      English, friend. Do you speak it?

      • Pablo Ricasso

        He said that it is no more a 192 megapixel back than my Fuji S2 pro is a 12 megapixel camera. (It’s a jazzy 48 megapixels.)

        As a side note, does anybody know what is the largest size sensor that is currently available?

  • Mark

    A 192 MP sensor. For when you need to make prints of the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountains – actual size.

    • Not with this sensor… non-studio/outdoor scenes have too much stuff changing (e.g. water flowing, tree leaves moving, birds, etc.) and at such high resolutions, they will all create various artifacts.

  • Nicolas

    Well… I suppose it’s a good thing Sinar made this digital back, but isn’t it a bit late since Hasselblad made something similar long ago?

    Also: Since it’s a digital back it’s aimed at high-end pro shooters who doesn’t need to upgrade their existing computers. As mentioned earlier the 12-core Mac Pro does fine, but has never been aimed at the consumer market. It’s a pro solution.

    • Michael

      Hasselblad’s H4D system is closed. The 200ms only operates on a Hasselblad H4D body. The Sinar will work on many cameras, including PhaseOne, Hasselblad H1 H2 H3, Sinar, Arca, Alpa, etc. For non-H4D users, this is the first ~200MP back available to them.

      • Michael

        Oops. The H3D system is closed, and the H4D is more open, due to complaints to Hasselblad. So the H4D-200ms should operate on non-H4D cameras.

  • Pablo Ricasso

    Please allow me to rephrase my question…

    Can someone tell me what is the largest (in physical measurement) sensor (single shot, non moving) that I can buy to use on a medium or large format camera?

    • Michael

      Here is a table of everything that is out in the market:

      Depending on your aspect ratio preference, it is either PhaseOne P65/IQ160/IQ180 (53.9×40.4 mm) or Leaf AFi 10 (56×36 mm).

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Thanks for that. I don’t know why I didn’t think of using wikipedia. I suppose two of those Leaf sensors would almost cover a 6×8. I’m glad to know that someone at least got to 56 in one dimension. Darn near a full frame 645…

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Unfortunately, while I have an aging Mamiya system I will not buy any more of their products because I will not conduct business with any company (Leaf) that does business in Israel.

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