Image Formation for Different Imaging Systems

Images presented in different mediums depend upon content and quality of image. A single motion picture image is quite grainy, but shown in a rapid sequence, we don't perceive the grain. Still photos are usually very high quality unless the content is exceptional. We usually scan a still photo for content. Video presented on a NTSC TV set has the limitation of screen resolution and there are limits to image quality. Hi Definition is a whole new issue I am not considering here, but I feel that considering the differences of these systems valuable to understanding the making of good images.
Still Camera
Movie Camera
Color Negative
Camcorder Eye/Brain
Image Quality Very High

High Low Variable
Image Capture Rate
Slow 24-25/second 30/second 5 per sec
Image Capture Percent of Time

One at a Time
50% of the Time 99% of the Time Full Time
Permanence of Image
Best Good Fair/good Dependent on Memory
Exposure Control Shutter Speed and Iris Shutter Opening and Iris FPS Iris Iris (Pupil)
Sensitivity Control Depends on ASA/Development Depends on ASA/Development Gain Setting Adaptation
Latitude 7-10 Stops 7-8 Stops 5-6 Stops 11+ Stops
Focus Manual Manual Auto/Manual Auto
Scan Method None/All at Once None/All at Once Like Reading Directed by Brain
See Results After Processing After Processing Instant Continuous
Neg. or Pos Either Negative Positive Mostly Don't Know
Format of Frame Photographer Selects Fixed Fixed Variable
Size of Image Variable 3/4"x1" or Smaller 1/3", 1/2", or 2/3" In Brain?
Cost Variable High Lower Priceless Equipment
Cost of Record Medium Low High Lower None
Cost of Edit Low High High None
Sound None Separate Combined ????
View Condition Anywhere Theater TV Anywhere
Duplication Cost Low High Low Impossible

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