Most of us are responsible of babying our digicam gear in some unspecified time in the future. We would like it to look pristine from day one till the day we die (or promote it). However digicam gear – and cameras specifically – are made for use. They’re designed and constructed to have the ability to deal with the rigours of no matter day by day working life can throw at them, no less than when you get previous a sure value level.
Arri not too long ago posted a video exhibiting off a part of their sturdiness testing course of for his or her shiny new Arri Alexa 35 – which appears like an absolute beast providing an unbelievable 17 stops of dynamic vary. However if you’re paying $65K for the physique alone, you’d anticipate it to be fairly good.
Whereas most of us are taking pictures cameras that fall properly beneath an Arri finances, all digicam producers put their gear by exams like this. They might not all stand as much as fairly the identical abuse as an Arri Alexa 35, however most of them don’t actually see that degree of abuse, both. Seeing how Arri exams the sturdiness of their cameras, although, with machines that may plug issues in and pull them again out once more 1000’s of occasions – even on the funky angles we frequently discover ourselves utilizing – offers some indication as to how different producers would possibly check theirs.
Arri’s video reveals quite a lot of exams, together with these previous classics “Whack it with a hammer” and “Earthquake simulator” in addition to taking it from a -20° deep freeze as much as a balmy 45°C. It will be attention-grabbing to see related movies from the likes of Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, and many others. protecting precisely how they go about testing the sturdiness of their digicam gear. Certain, we’ve seen some impartial exams on varied issues, like their water repelling talents, however nothing actually from the producers themselves.
Many people who’ve been taking pictures for a few a long time do have a reasonably good concept of what our cameras can deal with, however it could nonetheless be good to see how producers put them to the check, particularly significantly delicate elements like reminiscence card doorways, HDMI sockets and – for people who use them – the popup flash locking mechanisms that preserve them shut and out the best way.
And yeah, okay, digicam producers do inform us the boundaries of sure cameras, just like the minimal and most working temperatures, which cameras are higher suited to extra excessive circumstances, shutter life expectancy, and many others. however they don’t actually present us how they recognized the place these limits are.