I believe that Sensor+ is pixel binning, while Aptus-II 12 has Sensorflex which seems to enable crop of actual pixels to reduced size raw file. Can someone please confirm?
Indeed it would be interesting to hear of actual differences both technical of IQ 180 and Aptus 12 sensor implementation and image quality. Is it only that IQ 180 cost so much more for the user interface that is mere added electronics and inside computer parts?
“Back in February when I had a brief two days with a pre-production IQ180 in Mexico, my initial response on seeing the files was that yes, having the extra resolution (over my 60MP P65+) was nice, but it paled in comparison with the other advances of the IQ180. Now, with a full production back in-hand, and the bulk of its features fully implemented (with more coming soon), its possible to start to take the full measure of this remarkable device.”
Was this not at same time as looking at Aptus-II 12?? ? ??
Would above quoted statement not mean that Aptus-II 12 is the more remarkable tool of the two, since arguably it may not be realistic to justify the extra $$ for the IQ for the sake of what the user interface actually brings to the images after capture, and perhaps not in reality brings that much more to the capture process if one really thinks about it?
Regardless of the sidebar disclaimer the article seem to me to come across as biased, with special delivery and all. Per memory the two other articles that were originally published of Aptus-II 12 and IQ180 were published in a row at time for the IQ series launch, whereas the Aptus-II 12 had been announced several months earlier. Thus should one perhaps question a fan boy advertising and favoring of one brand with much too glaring eyes? Internet publishing should in my opinion be neutral, since same as other publishing it should exhibit a responsibility towards the readers. Are articles also edited after comments and corrections notified and made in this forum?
A neutral article analyzing the differences and similarities of the Aptus-II 12 and IQ 180 would be welcome. The interface is different yes, but what else? Leaf still has the largest screen in the business . BUT the most important is image quality, is it not??? Leaf has more history of implementing Dalsa sensors, thus perhaps and indeed it is not warranted that IQ180 is in top of image quality???
Yes, the IQ series (and the P65+/40+) all perform an innovative method of pixel binning with no crop of the sensor. But the IQ also can do a similar function to the SensoFlex function in the Aptus-II 12 (not sure if it's implemented yet).
I would say that the user interface is far more than just mere added electronics and computer parts. That would be like saying a MacBook Pro is just electronics and computer parts. There's much more involved, and similarly to a Mac product, I would say the interface, and the development of the interface, the implementation of the interface, the reliability and the operability of the interface with the components is quite a significant entity in itself and probably involved far more cost than the hardware components that are utilized.
That said, I also have always felt the interface of the Leaf Aptus series was and is a great achievement - logical, intuitive, and highly functional. And Leaf is prepping a complete interface update as well.
I feel both products have their own respective merits. One of the merits of the Leaf Aptus-II 12 is producing an 80MP capture device that is $12,000 less than the IQ180. Whether the additional $12,000 is justified for the IQ180 is very much a subjective perspective. Our clients are saying yes in dramatic numbers.
With that said, Leaf Aptus-II 12's are selling well.http://www.captureintegration.com/category/news/
I don't see the issue over product neutrality. Michael goes to great lengths to clarify his position and relationship with vendors. The fact that he owns a Phase One product and has for years been a Phase One user should be enough full disclosure. I don't expect complete neutrality from him, and if there is some fan-boyness, I don't really blame him. I don't think he has ever committed that he will always be completely neutral (and who really is?). Considering he's a user of the product, I don't mind some fan-boyness because - at a not inconsiderable sum - he transparently has acknowledged that he has chosen this product for his personal use.