Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the equivalent ASA rating of the sensor?
A. With the gain set to 1, we estimate the ASA of the camera to be 100. But by applying Gain within the camera, you can re-rate the speed of the camera. The aperture latitude and Depth of Field can be altered by using the Digimator camera Gain setting. The high signal to noise ratio in the Digimator allows gain to be used to your advantage. We do not encourage the use of Camera Gain larger than 2.
Q. What lenses does the system support?
A. Nikon F Mount. We recommend Sigma DG and Carl Zeiss Prime lenses. We also support the Canon Digital lens family.
Q. Is the camera progressive or interlaced?
A. Progressive. 1080p is 1920 x 1080 pixels which fit within both the 4K and 2K frames. The Digimator HD export image is 1920 x 1080 which can either be cropped or scaled from the full frame.
Q. What formats does the system support?
A. We export JPG, TGA, OpenEXR and AVI. We also support full frame 4K, 1:85, HD, PAL and NTSC. The Digimator Export Manager can be configured to provide crop and scale functions so the user has format ready media.
Q. Does the camera suffer from overheating?
A. You should consider this camera to be a different type of camera than a Sony or a JVC camera. It is born out of an an industrial/scientific specification and it is used in aerial photography, and also on the international space station. As noise is a result of temperature increase in the sensor, the camera has a fan fitted so that the sensor runs close to ambient; -20 °C to 60 °C is an acceptable ambient.
Q. Does using the viewfinder expose the sensor to dust?
A. Static energy is an issue which cannot be avoided due to the physics of sensor technology so the sensor will attract dust. We therefore mount it inside a dust-free chamber sealed by an IR and UV filter. These filters are essential for operation and provide complete protection.
Q. Can a Grade 1 confidence monitor be connected to the Digimator?
A. No. We use computer monitors for preview and grading. Our methodology is to colour manage this display.
Q. What cable do you use to tether camera to the PC?
A. At the time Digimator was developed it used a cameralink cable to tether the camera to the PC. Technology has moved forward and future versions of Digimator would use USB3 which would enable it to run on a laptop.
Q. Is development still active?
A. Development came to an end in 2007.