If cameras are ISO-invariant these days...

Apr 2, 2018
Many models these days are visibly ISO-invariant, meaning that you can take a picture at 1/800 sec ISO 800 or take the same picture at 1/800 sec ISO 100 and push 3 stops at post processing, getting the same noise levels and the same picture.

My question: when are we going to see the first camera that doesn't do amplification to the picture at all -- every picture gets recorded at the optimal base ISO.

The picture would be digitally amplified in-camera to match the user-set ISO for review/preview/JPEG/AWB purposes but the raw file in essence would be at base ISO with a premade exposure comp applied to it so that users don't have to always start from blackness.

This would mean hella less blown skies and other things


Hall of Famer
Feb 3, 2012
Software-based cameras could do it. It's just a matter of optimizing the processing and reducing down the amount of time to capture the photo so shot-to-shot time is responsive and transparent to the user.

Graham Moore

Oct 15, 2018
Vancouver BC
With the recent development of a sensor that doesn't overload, instead counting the number of times the light value fills the pixel to maximum, we're very close to an ISO-invariant camera.

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