The Thomson Viper
Since I wrote the second edition of this book the Thomson Viper has somewhat changed its place in the market. In the UK a few major suppliers have moved away from it, but some very dedicated alternative suppliers have recognized the camera’s ability to produce very fine pictures and have dedicated themselves to offering a service that, if taken in its totality, removes some of the downside elements of the camera, notably in the recording formats needed and in post-production.
Thomson has taken a different approach to most other 2/3-inch three-chip camera manufacturers: its primary design parameter was that there should not be any data compression within the camera. This would be described as a 4:4:4 signal. This means ...