Digital Streetshooter Special (DSS)
There is one camera I really would like to own. For lack of a better name, I will call it the DSS – Digital Streetshooter Special. It is inspired by the great rangefinders used for street photography since the 1930ies, but modernized to make use of current technology (autofocus, variable ISO).
But rangefinders are now mainly bought by camera collectors – not working photographers. I want a modern digital camera with a compact size and autofocus. To make it fit in shirt pocket, a zoom lens is out of the question.
I would really like it to be a “system camera”, designed from the ground up, with a range of custom made interchangeable lenses. A good start for the system would be just three lenses: 28mm (wide), 40mm (normal) and 85mm (portrait) - all pin sharp wide open and reasonable fast.
To summarize, here is my wish list for the DSS:
- No mirror slap, immediate response.
- Electronic viewfinder with live view.
- Fast and accurate tracking autofocus.
- DX, APS-C sized, or larger, sensor.
- Around 10 Mpx resolution.
- B&W (monochrome) sensor. No anti-alias filter.
- RAW mode, as well as RAW+JPEG.
- Good high ISO performance (i.e. usable at least up to ISO 3200).
- Interchangeable lenses.
- Hot accessory shoe for flash and accessory viewfinders.
- Considerable lower price than the Leica M8 :-).
I think this is realistic with today's technology. By leaving out the Bayer filter matrix, one gains about 1.5 stops, so ISO 3200 in a B&W sensor requires the same sensitivity as ISO 1200 in a Bayer sensor.
How likely is it that some bold manufacturer sets out to design such a system? Not very likely I am afraid. But one can always hope …