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In the past, I’ve measured the scan time of electronic shutters by photographing an analog oscilloscope trace of the output from a function generator. That was effective, but it took a while to set up and was a difficult experiment for some people to understand. So these days, I’ve been using a quick-and-dirty method: photographing light from an LED that’s modulated at 120 Hz. I use single shot losslessly compressed raw at about 1/800 second shutter speed. The high shutter speed was chosen to force the bands to be better defined, and thus easier to count.
Now with the electronic shutter (ES) enabled, single shot mode, and 14-bit raw precision:
The LED cycles at 120 Hz, which means the spacing between the dark lines is 8.33 milliseconds (ms). There are 19.5 bands from top to bottom. That means it took the shutter 8.33*19.5 = 162 ms to make the trip. That’s about 1/6 of a second.
Now setting the raw precision to 16 bits:
Now there are 42 bands. 8.33*42 = 350 ms, or about 1/3 of a second.
This is exactly the same as the GFX 100.
Thanks for your excellent work.
Do you know the scan time of Sony a1? It seems faster than professional DSLR like Nikon D6.
The readout time of sensor in 14b A/D probably is 1/250s according to the paper in IISW2021:
I’m still waiting for my a1.