Hello Matthew and everyone in this forum. First of all: I am a non english-speaking person so sorry for my writing. I´ll try my best. Also: thanks for sharing your efforts and results, this is a great project and everyone seems seriously involved, which is outstanding.
I am just getting started with Kinograph because, as may be the case with others here, I must digitize many 16 mm films that will seriously deteriorate in short term. That is why I should start building the Kinograph soon. I begun with camera/sensor because, due to prices and heavy import taxes, it would be the most difficult item to get.
I have read this whole conversation and found out that the camera/sensor possibilities are more than I expected, so I just wanted to ask for some updated guidance on the subject. What I would finally (and ideally) need is a 4K transfer (aprox.) with good image quality and output format and not too long digitizing times. Also, I need a system that is gentle with film and can work in spite of broken sprockets and other problems (I mention this because of frame sensors and intermittent motion). For the moment budget is an issue, but I might eventually get some funding.
These are the different brands and models that were discussed since august 2015 (and others I found out while reading and searching):
a- Grasshopper3 12.0MP: 4240 x 2824 / 7 FPS / global shutter / frame camera / C-mount / $3695
b- Grasshopper3 12.3 MP : 4096 x 3000 / 30 FPS / global shutter / C-mount / $3095
c- Blackfly S Color 20MP: 5472 x 3648 / 18 FPS / rolling shutter with global reset / C-mount / $695
d- Blackfly S Color 12.3MP: 4096 x 3000 / 30 FPS / global shutter / C-mount / $2795
e- Blackfly S Color 8.9MP: 4096 x 2160 / 42 FPS / global shutter / C-mount / $2495
a- Piranha 4: 4K / Camera Link / requires Frame Grabber hardware / global shutter / $4000 for sensor, $1200 frame grabber, lens?
a- See3CAM_CU130: 4K / output format: uncompressed YUV 422 (9 and 4.5 fps), compressed MJPEG / electronic rolling shutter / $279
b- See3CAM_CU135: 4K / output format: uncompressed UYVY (15 and 7.5 fps), compressed MJPEG / electronic rolling shutter / $199
a- Development kit: $3990 / News from Matthew?
a- Lumix DMC-GX8: 5184 x 3888 still res. / electronic rolling shutter / fps? / $849
a- E1: 4640 x 3480 still res. / 15 fps / rolling shutter / $249
If I missed something or if there are new options that weren´t discussed in this conversation please let me know. To get a transfer that meet my needs, should I necessarily think in Point Grey´s expensive models?
Thank you. Greetings.