The Betterlight Super 8K Scan back

The Camera is actually a scanner inserted in the back of a 4 x 5 view camera.

The real magic is in the sensor. In a typical DSLR the sensor or CCD has an array of sensors: They capture 1/2 green, 1/4 blue and 1/4 red pixel information. For every pixel it captures 2 more pixels are "interpolated" or mathed up. That's 2/3 of the image information. In the Betterlight scanback the sensor has one sensor for each color channel; so at full resolution there is no interpolation or mathmatically manufactured data.

For an article by Mike Collette, founder of Betterlight, and an Image Comparison of the Canon 1DS MK2, Better Light Super6K-HS and 4 x 5 Fuji Acros B&W film... click HERE. Remember that the article is based on a comparison of the Canon 16 megapixel, to the Super 6k scanback, a 144 megapixel camera. The Super 8k is a 384 megapixel capture! Over 2.6 times the resolution of the Super 6K!

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The image below is that of a 120 year old Chinese tapestry. The original size is approximately 30" x 44". The capture produced by the Super 8K is beyond compare. Not only is the image void of typical digital artifacts, due to the technology briefly described above, but there is no grain from film, (as seen in the comparison article by Mike Collette at the link in the above paragraph). Part of the Betterlight magic is in the profiling software that allows us to minimize noise", (or digital grain) by adjusting the iso and line time, before the picture is even taken.

When zoomed in this close we can still see every thread in every stitch. The height of the eyeball of this Rooster is .125 inches and each horizontal thread is only twenty five hundreths of an inch. The camera was 8 feet from the Tapestry when the capture was made, yet there is no halo(ing) or noise in the image. This makes for fantastic enlargments as well product shots.

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