First post. Thank you 'all' at Camera Labs for sharing your wonderful energy, enthusiasm and, insight. The learning, news and, recreational value Camera Labs delivers is very much enjoyed.
The capability of this Phaseone is impressive. Picking this camera or another medium format or view camera to take with me to photograph New Zealand, would be a tough choice to make. It is a good thing that cameras of this caliber are often used to photograph the most stunning places on earth- like Gordon's back yard. Once there, they seem to find their way into Gordon's hands. After Gordon has a look, we get to read and learn about them here at Camera Labs.
My guess is that the 80 mega pixel camera will be mid-range to semi-pro in ten years or so. After that, how long will it be until the resolution of film is available in a sensor?
Following added on January 17, 2012
I found all of the posts in this thread fascinating to say the least. Info on large format sensors always grabs my attention. The subsequent brief discussion on film vs digital resolution was very informative - certainly to me. Suffice it to say that I will research my questions a bit more before posting next time. On the subject of film vs sensor resolution, I went about looking for articles on the spacing of silver halide particles in film vs photo site spacing on a sensor. I found the article below which some may find interesting. Not exactly what I was looking for but very relevant and, published fairly recently in 2010. From the Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Imaging Research website: Fairchild, M.D., Still photography throwdown: Silver halide vs. silicon, IS&T/SID, 18th Color Imaging Conference, San Antonio, Texas, United States (2010)
Also found another answer in this thread - on TV I saw an aid repeatedly handing a photographer identical Hasselblad cameras during a photo shoot and wondered why. This thread's dialogue on sensor heating vs noise content provided me with the answer to my question.
Happy Trails all from the Mojave Desert.