Dinosaurs on a treadmill

Nikon DSLR in action

Nikon DSLR in action

Whatever the gadget on the Flintstones, it was always powered by some sort of dinosaur on some sort of treadmill, or some other crude device. Like a poor-man’s version of a Rube Goldberg invention. I imagine that’s how the Nikon D3 would have been powered back in the “Stone Age” – by that I mean the cartoon version of course.

Back when film ruled supreme (the T-Rex of photography media, if you will), everyone could understand how cameras worked. Anyone who’s ever made a pinhole camera or bought a disposable camera only to open it up and ruin your film understands how a film camera takes its photos.

But how does a DSLR take a photo? We know there’s a mirror involved somehow, right?
Curious to see how the Nikon D3 actually snaps a photo? Check out the supercool low-tech animation that Jeffrey Friedl created showing how a DSLR snaps a photo at 1/63. Very fascinating to think that it’s doing it at 22 MPH — in your hand!

found via Daring Fireball

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