CHNT 17

This week I have been lucky to be invited to represent kubit at CHNT 17 Vienna.
My short paper was on 2 projects from last year where PhotoPlan saved the day. The message is a simple one: the camera is one of our most valuable tools in documentation and the means to make the image useful  as a map is crucial to the utility of the record.
My offering was captured on video and posted here. It not the best recording; you would need to attend to get the full benefit.
I was able meet my good friend Peter Waldhausl who is in great form having recently completed the ascent of the 3,798m Grosseglockner: he was not too happy at being snapped though!
Interest in the kubit tools was strong and I was able to meet Austrian and German documentation experts and share experiences. As the method of choosing the camera with the best resolution for KAP and PAP was a hot topic, here is the table from my presentation:
C O M P A C T   C A M E R A  weight and resolution (by sensor size) comparison table  
Camera
Weight
Key feature
Sensor size
mm
Sensor area/ weight. mm2 / g
Canon G11
335g
10mp programmable
7.60 x 5.70
0.120
Ricoh ‘Calipo’    GX200
238g
12mp
7.60 x 5.70
0.180
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3/ LeicaDlux4
228g
Leica Wide Angle lens. Image stabilisation
8.17 x 6.13
0.210
HD GoPro 3
76g
14mp ‘super wide’ video camera
5.76 x 4.29
0.325
Panasonic DMC GF1
485g*
Interchangeable lenses. Micro 4/3rds format. ‘On lens’ stabilization
18 x 13.5
0.500
Olympus EP1
406g*
Interchangeable lenses. Micro 4/3rds format. ‘On board’ image stabilisation.
18 x 13.5
0.598
Olympus E-PL1
368g*
Interchangeable lenses. Micro 4/3rds format. ‘On board’ image stabilisation.
18 x 13.5
0.660
Fuji X-E1
430g
16 mp ‘X-Trans’ CMOS Sensor. 14mm wide angle c.80g
23.6 x15.6
0.850
Ricoh GXR ‘S10’ or ’P10’
397g
12Mp. with 50mm ‘A12’ lens Interchangeable lens/sensor packs available.
23.6 x 15.7
0.903
Samsung NX200
305g*
21Mp, Samsung EX-S30NB 30mm f/2.0  Pancake Lens =85g
23.5 x 15.7
1.002
Sigma DP1/DP2
278g
14mp
20.7 x 13.8
1.027
Leica M9
825g
Full frame, 585g body. (+240g  for 50mm Summicron f/2 lens)
36 x 24
1.047
Leica X2
345g
16Mp Fixed 35mm equivalent focal length lens.
23.6x 15.8
1.080
Sony Nex 5
317g*
Interchangeable lenses. Sony ‘E’ mount. 14mp
23.4 x 15.6
1.120
Leica X1
286g
12mp. Fixed 35mm equivalent focal length lens.
23.5 x 15.7
1.290
*includes lightweight wide angle ‘pancake’ lens
It is interesting to note the superlight GoPro camera is not an immediate choice as it uses a tiny sensor. The sensor size is one way of getting a grip on the image resolution problem, on the basis that bigger is better. The Leica X1 wins! Right now the Leica X1 is a bargain as they have just brought out the X2.  Second hand examples are going for around £700! There is a rumour that Fuji are to bring out a 36×24 sensor compact soon, we will have to wait and see how heavy it will be. So far the Fujis have been on the heavy side but they are very fast and easy to use with a handy ‘AV out’ socket- something the Leica cameras sadly lack.
I got a little time to explore Vienna..and it is a delightful architetural showcase.

Another old friend: the test building for the 1st CIPA 3×3 rules! It has had a coat of paint since then.
and I see the Viennese enjoy the finer things in life too: a fine example of the CAAD3…in excellent condition!
With much thanks to kubit and the staff at Nach Bar!

B

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