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New Foveon DP-series cameras from Sigma: The Three Quattros, February 10, 2014
No, it's not the Audi Quattro, it's the Sigma DP Quattro! Three new cameras are announced today by Sigma who claims that everything was redesigned for these cameras, the sensor, the lens, the engine, etc. They are of course all... Continue

Medium Format CMOS Sensor Mania Week: new Phase One IQ250 digital back with Sony CMOS sensor, January 24, 2014
This is the unofficial medium format CMOS sensor week. Earlier on, Hasselblad went CMOS. Now we have the new Phase One IQ250 digital back with a Sony CMOS sensor and a starting price of $35,000. The IQ250 will be available... Continue

New at CES 2014: Toshiba retro-focus module, Lexar CFast 2.0, JVC camcorders, EyeFi, etc, January 7, 2014
And now lettuce serve up some of the side dish announcements that were not on the main menu at yesterday's announcement luncheon. Wow, so many food puns in one sentence! *hangs head in shame* + the 60x Samsung WB2200F superzoom... Continue

Olympus President says considering expanding use of common parts with Sony, November 19, 2013
Japan Times (in english) quotes the current Olympus El Presidente saying that the company will "consider expanding the use of common parts of digital cameras... with Sony". El Presidente is bearish on his digital camera business, "unlikely to post major... Continue

New Panasonic 16mp M43rds Maicovicon sensor can record 4K video, November 15, 2013
Take cover! The 4K wave is coming! Panasonic has announced a new 16mp Micro Four Thirds Maicovicon sensor that can record 4K video. You can find the details of the new sensor, including the block diagram at this Panasonic PDF... Continue

New Photographic Science and Technology Forum launches at dpreview, October 2, 2013
Dpreview launched a potentially interesting new forum for something that is not often covered cohesively across the internets, Photographic Science and Technology. This is an online forum where everyone can post, so some of what you will read may be... Continue

New Toshiba dual camera module with 1/4" 1.4um CMOS sensors for Light Field Photography, September 27, 2013
Light Field Photography is slowly making more friends. Toshiba has announced a new dual camera module, the TCM9518MD, which features two 1/4" 1.4um 5-megapixel CMOS sensors. Also part of the module is a dedicated LSI that can upscale the picture... Continue

Sony IMX145 stacked CMOS Exmor-RS sensor found inside new iPhone 5S, September 25, 2013
Chipworks loves tearing technology down and their iPhone 5S teardown revealed last week that the sensor powering the camera of the new flagship iPhone 5S (model name, not plural) is the Sony IMX145 stacked CMOS Exmor-RS sensor. There is some... Continue

Samsung ISOCELL technology promises better colors in low light than BSI for smartphone/smaller sensors, September 24, 2013
From the world of sensors and R&D, Samsung is promising better colors in low light than BSI (backlit) sensors with its new ISOCELL technology. The claims are made at the Samsung Tomomorrow Electronics blog. It includes an sample picture crop... Continue

New CMOS sensor from ex-Kodak TrueSense Imaging: 12mp 4/3" 4.7um KAC-12040 with global and rolling shutter, September 17, 2013
True Sense Imaging (formerly Kodak's sensor business) is rolling out (ha!) their first CMOS sensor, the 12-megapixel KAC-12040 CMOS Image Sensor with 4.7um pixels, 4/3" optical format, and global and rolling shutter. You can find detailed specifications in the two... Continue

New Sony Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone uses 20mp 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, September 4, 2013
The Sony Revival Plan continues with the new Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone which includes a nice surprise for photography-oriented smartphone users - a 20mp 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, same sensor size as in many fixed lens digital cameras without RAW. More... Continue

R&D: Nikon patent stacks Autofocus and Imaging sensors, July 25, 2013
It is raining patents since companies hire researchers to produce research which in turn turns into ammo for the lawyers. But I'm digressing. One new interesting patent from Nikon stacks the autofocus and imaging sensors together! You can read the... Continue

Interesting six part series at Camera Ergonomics: Is There An Ideal Sensor Size?, June 16, 2013
There are all kinds of sensor sizes in use today among digital cameras, from the 1/2.x" all the way above and beyond the not-so-grainy holy grail of 35mm. Camera Ergonomics published a six-part series on the quixotic quest for an... Continue

Fuji and Panasonic develop together organic CMOS image sensor technology using organic photoelectric conversion layer, June 10, 2013
An interesting new alliance has been announced. Fuji and Panasonic has developed together organic CMOS imaging sensor technology using organic photoelectric conversion layer. Press release at Fuji News. Here are a couple of the key diagrams from the above press... Continue

Blanket Correction: Nikon Coolpix P330 has a 1/1.7" sensor, May 6, 2013
We have a blanket correction alert! At some point after the announcement of the Nikon Coolpix P330 compact with RAW, our noisy pea brain decided to remember that this has a 1/2.3" sensor instead of its actual 1/1.7" sensor. The... Continue

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