Fujifilm and Panasonic collaborate on ‘industry-leading’ organic/CMOS sensor


Fujifilm and Panasonic have announced the joint development of a sensor technology that combines a light-sensitive coating on top of a CMOS chip. The companies claim higher dynamic range and sensitivity than current CMOS sensors, along with the ability to receive light at steeper angles – making it easier to design cameras with wide-angle lenses and allowing lenses to be mounted nearer to the sensor. The announcement extends from the work Fujifilm has been conducting on organic (carbon-based) photo-senstive materials and combines it with CMOS underpinnings developed by Panasonic. The result is a chip that uses CMOS technology only for circuitry – with the organic layer taking over the role of converting light into electrons.

Although the companies don’t detail a timeline for production, the joint presentation made at the VLSI Technology show in Japan shows images of pixel designs on the 0.9μm and 3μm scales. The smaller pixel would allow the creation of a 20MP sensor for mobile phones, while the larger one would result in a 41MP APS-C sensor.

Press Release:

Fujifilm and Panasonic jointly develop an organic CMOS image sensor technology using organic photoelectric conversion layer

A schematic of how the Fujifilm/Panasonic sensor uses an organic photo-sensitive layer near the front of the sensor(left), compared with a convention CMOS design (right)

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) and Panasonic Corporation (President: Kazuhiro Tsuga) have developed organic CMOS image sensor technology that uses an organic photoelectric conversion layer with a photoelectric conversion property at the light receiving section of an image sensor to achieve performance beyond that of conventional image sensors**. Applying this technology to the image sensors of digital cameras and other imaging devices expands its dynamic range*** and enhances sensitivity*4 further to prevent highlight clipping in bright scenes and capture a dark subject with vivid colors and rich textures.

The industry has put into continuous efforts to explore image sensor technologies for increasing their number of pixels. This has dramatically improved sensor resolutions, but, in order to further boost image quality, it is necessary to expand the dynamic range, enhance sensitivity and prevent cross-talk or color mixing between pixels. Panasonic took advantage of its semiconductor device technology to boost image quality for its high-performance image sensors. Fujifilm, on the other hand, has developed highly-reliable organic photoelectric conversion layer with high absorption coefficient to be used on a sensor’s light receiving section instead of silicon photodiode*5 in its effort to build a new image sensor technology.

In the latest collaboration, Fujifilm and Panasonic have combined Fujifilm’s organic photoelectric conversion layer technology with Panasonic’s semiconductor device technology to jointly develop an organic CMOS image sensor that outperforms conventional image sensors. The new organic CMOS image sensor offers the industry’s highest dynamic range of 88dB, advanced sensitivity 1.2 times more sensitive than conventional sensors** and broader range of incident angle*6 to enable the production of more sensitive and compact cameras with better image quality.

The two companies will promote the application of this organic CMOS image sensor technology to a wide range of products including security cameras, in-vehicle cameras, mobile device and digital cameras.

Fujifilm and Panasonic will present the research results at the 2013 Symposium on VLSI Technology (VLSI2013) to be held in Kyoto on June 11, and the 2013 International Image Sensor Workshop to be held in Utah, U.S.A. on June 15.

* Performance of the light receiving section of image sensors, as of June 11, 2013 according to Panasonic data.
** Estimation from Panasonic image sensors
*** Range of light that can be recorded (ratio between the brightest and darkest areas recorded)
*4 The sensitivity of image sensors refers to the conversion ratio of light into electric signals. The greater the sensitivity is, the clearer you can capture low-light scenes.
*5 A type of photo detector that senses incident light, installed for each image sensor pixel to convert light into electric signals
*6 Range of incident light angles for efficient conversion into electric signals

Transmission electron microscope images of the 3μm (left) and 0.9μm (right) organic/CMOS pixels the companies have developed.

The organic photoelectric conversion layer (OPF), in relation to the microlenses (ML) and color filters (CF) is indicated.

Overview of the newly-developed organic CMOS image sensor technology

A conventional image sensor consists of a silicon photodiode for capturing light, metal interconnect, color filter and on-chip micro-lens. The newly-developed organic CMOS image sensor technology uses organic photoelectric conversion layer with high absorption coefficient instead of the silicon photodiode, reducing the thickness of the light receiving section down to 0.5 microns, i.e. one severalth of the thickness of a silicon photodiode. This structure provides the following benefits:

  1. Industry’s highest dynamic range of 88dB to prevent highlight clipping and produce a vivid and texture-rich image even in low light

    Panasonic’s semiconductor device technology has improved the signal saturation value*7 by four folds compared to that of conventional image sensors. Coupled with the newly-developed noise-cancelling circuit, the sensor technology provides the industry’s highest dynamic range of 88dB, preventing highlight clipping in bright scenes and capturing a vivid and texture-rich image in low light.

    *7 The maximum amount of electric signals that can be handled. Receiving a signal greater than this value leads to highlight clipping.

  2. 1.2 times higher sensitivity than conventional sensors to capture clear images even in low light

    The transistors and metal interconnects in each pixel, fabricated using Panasonic’s semiconductor device technology, are coated with photoelectric conversion layer, developed using Fujifilm’s organic material technology. The area of the light receiving section becomes limited in conventional image sensors because of the existence of metal interconnects and the need to form light shield film to prevent light incidence into areas other than the photodiode in each pixel. However, the organic CMOS image sensor technology coats the sensor with organic film, which can harvest all the light received on the sensor. This boosts sensor sensitivity by 1.2 times compared to conventional sensors to deliver clear images even in low light.

  3. Range of incident angle expanded to 60 degrees for faithful color reproduction (See the image sensor illustrations above)

    The thickness of the organic film with high absorption coefficient, developed by Fujifilm, has been reduced to just 0.5 microns, or one severalth of the thickness of silicon photodiode in the light receiving section. Since the conventional silicon photodiode measures at least 3 microns in depth, the range of incident angles was limited to around 30 – 40 degrees. The thin film, achieved with the organic CMOS image sensor technology, has enabled the expansion of this range to 60 degrees, efficiently utilizing light entering at an angle for faithful color reproduction with no color mixing. It also gives greater flexibility in lens designs, facilitating the reduction of overall camera size.

  4. Offering high reliability for broader applications

    Fujifilm has developed a process technology to produce inorganic films for protecting the organic film. It prevents the entry of moisture and oxygen into the organic film to safeguard it against performance degradation. The sensor technology has cleared reliability tests involving the application of stress such as temperature, humidity, electrical voltage and light, paving the way for the use of the organic CMOS image sensor in a wide range of applications.



Its really exciting that Fujifilm is bringing such a fantastic technology. I think the monopoly of Nikon and Canon DSLR is coming to an end.


What about this ?

Clear Photos in Dim Light: New Sensor a Thousand Times More Sensitive Than Current Camera Sensors

May 30, 2013 — Cameras fitted with a new revolutionary sensor will soon be able to take clear and sharp photos in dim conditions, thanks to a new image sensor invented at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).



A graphene sensor only 1 atom thick, 1000 times more sensitive, 10 times less energy consumed, 5 times cheaper to make? I hope it succeeds commercially.


Thanks for sharing.
And right next to that article, how Google Glass just became obsolete:


Goes on to prove that you can’t beat an organic sandwich, even if it’s thinner 😉

Anyway, this is good news. It will just take some more time to wait before the new cameras emerge, so the ad-people can spin their thing right from the beginning. The prices of the “old, non-organic” gear might drop, though…


New Imaging Technologies (NIT) offers world class CMOS imaging sensors based upon a unique and patented pixel technology which provides intrinsic high dynamic range response of more than 140dB, no noticeable fixed pattern noise and operability without image artifacts to more than 90°C.




No solid background knowledge, ogl.

E.g., the D800 has 79.7 dB DR at 36.6 MP using the strict DxO measurement rules.

Because SNR is dependent on spatial frequency (just like in audio), this translates to 100.5 dB DR at VGA resolution (D800) which I mention because the NIT sensor is a video sensor. So 120 dB (NIT writes 120 dB at many places) isn’t as spectacular as it sounds.

Other than that, NIT invented a pixel architecture which produces a logarithmic output with potentially extreme DR if exposed long enough. The NIT pixel uses the photo-voltaic effect which creates a current rather than a charge. Don’t expect class-leading image quality from such a device, other than a high DR.

The NIT sensor has no reason to be cited here in this context.


Are you sure that Fuji-Panasonic technology for digital cameras with big sensors?


It could be sensors for smartphones.
Small sensors with high dynamic range – from 87 till 140 dB are well-known 10 years ago.

Kodak 40 MP sensor has 70 dB dynamic range. 645D with such sensor has 12.6 EV dynamic range. D800E’s sensor has close to 80 dB.

The main question – how big will this new sensor be? If it will be small, it’s not interesting at all

Important remark: 1.2 times higher sensitivity than Panasonic sensors have now.


It still seems to have a Bayer matrix and therefore Foveon remains superior for me. Interesting development although, let’s see how this works in practice.


It could well be organic sensor with X-trans array.


Dont know anything about this, but as it is an internet forum, here goes,
the Foveon sensor is more to do with geometry than the sensitised material in it, I would not envisage why the same approach could not be used by applying a chromophore to three layers of the photosensitive polymer.


Sony’s patent (in early 2012) on organic layer points at a Foveon-like stacked structure. I won’t be surprised if the same applied to Fuji’s.


Just as a comment to many of the commentators who don’t seem to know: “Organic” in this sense doesn’t mean biological, bio-degradable, grown without pesticides, free-range, sustainably produced, low carbon footprint, or any other such thing. It just means the molecules involved in the sensor technology are carbon-based.


Yeah, that’s all well and good; thanks for the explanation.
But …………
is it OK to eat the carbon?!



Yes, you can eat carbon when you have bacteria in the intestine. It cleanse all your digestive system, so best is to buy it at the pharmacy in tabs or use charcoal dust. Hahaha.


Burnt toast is the primary form of elemental carbon in my diet.



Assuming that a 3db gain is a doubling then they are talking 30 stops? Really?


It’s 6db and 15 stops. But such things aren’t normalized and DxO numbers would differ significantly.

More significantly: the speak about a 4x increase of the full well capacity which would lower the native ISO from e.g., 100 to 25. It is at that 25 ISO you would see up to 2 stops more DR.

Obviously, they use part of the beforehand light sensitive silicon area for an increased well. Which is good.

Still, I would have preferred to read a number (like 60000) for the 3 µm sensel’s FWC. As otherwise, it just remains dumb marketing speech.


I felt it was marketing hyperbole when thye switched measures from stops to db


After stories on panasonic leaving the sensor business this all sounds like very good news in itself. What the final outcome of this particular sensor will be remains to be seen as we do not know exactly with what they compare with.

Henry M. Hertz

when they write “better then current cmos sensors” the (any) PR department usually means the worst current cmos sensor they can find.

they normaly don´t compare their own products to top of the line cmos sensors.
just to make the numbers look better.

so as long as i don´t know to which sensor they compare this new sensor… im far from being excited.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating so let us wait until this technology makes it into an actual product.


Wow, never imagined Fuji and Panasonic working together on this :-)

Aleo Veuliah

I am glad to see Panasonic and Fuji knowledge together.

The result has to be very good.


I do not know why FujiFilm ditched its highly acclaimed SuperCCD technology.
Since they did that, I haven’t bought a single camera from them. Meanwhile their camera design really lets me down. The glory of S5 pro has gone and gone.


You never worked with the X-Pro1, I think?
That’s an amazing camera after 2 years I work with it :-)

Mark Carr

Their new “X” cams are wonderful, just read the reviews. While we’d all love to see a new “S” cam, Fuji is clearly on the right path at the moment.


X-trans offers insane image quality. Just try it and you’ll be glad to be born.


Hmm, the Fuji X trans has great POTENTIAL; very great.

But that potential has not been FULLY realised because ……
Fuji themselves don’t seem to be able to decode the fancy sensor colour array accurately (witness the, albeit minor compared to other companies attempts, flaws in their JPEGs as shown here on DPReview) and other companies, because they haven’t had co-operation from Fuji have a hell of a time making sense of raw conversion from the X Trans sensor (and Adobe had to revisit the raw conversion of the Fuji sensor to make it half way decent).

So I wouldn’t go gloating about X Trans …………yet.


The X Trans is superior to the sensor used on the S5pro in every way. I have used both.

Zvonimir Tosic

With organic sensors and organic camera users, all we need now are crank-, solar- and wind-powered cameras, and we can claim we’re almost 100% sustainable.


Well, that organic is using the term correctly. Companies that use “green” to describe products that aren’t are engaging in what is called, “green washing” because it sells to the credulous.


Great news! the sensors we have at the moment are rubbish, I cant seem to find a decent picture anywhere since film went out of fashion.


I think the camera may not be your problem, then…


I see the difference, even if others don’t. Would love to have full colour sensing image sensor without quality degrading filters, i.e. like film, but digital. Sigma make a brave effort, most other vendors don’t care as much about image quality, just sales. This means millions of mediocre image capture devices + millions of mediocre photographers. Not a good combination.

Full frame, full colour image sensor with good low light sensitivity, quality lens range and in form factor…… dreaming on.


Actually some film has filters.


… film and digital imagery is not comparable, but the major change has happened to the ways the pictures are displayed. The only thing that really has changed is the camera availability. As to why so large a percentage of people with digital cameras automatically feel that this is all it takes to be photographers, that’s another story entirely.
In this World of today’s where reading (as well as learning) “takes too much time”, blame it on the irresponsible advertising, where all sorts of outright lies are regarded as tools of trade. Etcetera…


I was being sarcastic by the way, I am blown away by what modern digital cameras even the tiny one in my phone can do.

@Kuv that really was my point. Sorry for it, lowest for of wit and all that, just some of the hellelujahing in the comments I found irritating like we were living in the dark ages.


I’m waiting 4 the cmos/orgsamic version…. apparently it only last 3 seconds


I’m waiting for the Cmos/Origami version :-)


I wonder if that organic stuff degrades …


Apparently it does; it think it says so indirectly in the press release. However, the engineers use some technique to eliminate it (i am guessing they simply seal it making the compound sit within an air-tight frame/skin)


You do know that ‘organic’ just means ‘made with carbon’ don’t you.


the real technology of the future, is one with micro-prisms to split the light into different colors, and direct each one to a photosite.
this does away with the color filter, and doubles the sensitivity.
the micro prisms could be paired with any sensor technology underneath it.
ie: doing away with the pattern altogether (whether bayer or xtrans) and using all of the light – not throwing most of it away.
ps: foveon takes a step in the right direction, but it loses too much light in order to be a relevant technology that can last into the future.



Moreover, the 1.2x sensitivity increase seems to relate to the fill factor alone. Which is debatable. OTOH, a 0.5µm absorption layer may be too thin for a high quantum efficiency (it is a single lambda layer only). Overall, I don’t consider this technology to be a progress.


It has been done with Polaroid Instant Slide film way back. There was only one silver layer, with prism lines along the film base, but the technology, though revolutionary, was still too crude then to create finer arrays. As opposed to analog approach, the same prism array could work well with full-frame sized chips…



I have admitadly only skim read it but I don’t see any information as to the makeup of the organic layer. I doubt they’d go into that much detail for something like this.


More DR: good.
More pixels: irrelevant, as digital cameras have plenty, and more on a smartphone isn’t going to make smartphone pictures any better.


Nice new sensor for X-Pros. I hope so!

Dennis Linden

I for one am taking a deep breath and holding …


This news makes sense. Oly and Sony partner up, Panasonic left alone partners with Fuji, the two halfs become stronger. Interesting to watch the camera companies evolve over time. First Pentax Ricoh, Sony Oly, now Pana Fuji, maybe one day they will all merge with Leica ;).



Oly and Sony didn’t partner up. Sony invested in Oly, mainly to get into medical electronic business. Sony is selling sensors to Oly, but they were selling them to Nikon and Pentax before that anyway.

Oly still makes M3/3 cameras that compete directly against Sony’s Nex.

Fuji and Panasonic are also competitors. Fuji doesn’t sell M4/3 cameras.

As for Ricoh Pentax, that’s different. There is no such thing as “Pentax” as an independent entity. “Pentax” is a brand name used by Ricoh.


I’m completely aware of all that, but I’m glad you feel good about taking the time to try and correct my essay like a teacher that uses a happy ruler :). As usual, you never disappoint!


ET2 – you forgot to mention that now Oly is helping Sony with development of new lenses. Aslo, if rumors are correct, and Sony releases mirrorless A-mount cameras, I’m pretty sure Oly will help with some CDAF know-how/technology as well.

So, yeah, they kind “partnered up”.

Meanwhile, Canon sits all alone. Poor thing :(

new boyz

Waiting for Canon-Nikon partnership.. hahahaha


Canon has “indirectly” partnered with ML/CHDK for their firmware hack (abuse)
Of course they both will deny any “official” partnership. :)

Nikon so far has been “alone” (eventhough after some Sony & Toshiba image sensor fiasco).

Nonetheless, about Olymp helping Sony with lens development, it makes sense.
Lens is quite a specialized thing, you can’t simply bought a “know how” about it & mastering in a shortcut; took a lot of resources to get where nikon is.

Just another Canon shooter

Do I have to feed it?


no, but you will only find it at the health food stores


It’s great to see new technologies under development, breaking limits. I hope that it’s technically successful and can be manufactured reliably and at a fair cost!

Richard Murdey

Slightly disingenuous in the diagram they released.

It shows an organic layer, a bottom electrode, and a “protective layer” on top. For this to work, the protective layer actually has to be conductive, so it can function as a counterelectrode. Which means you are having to make transparent electrodes which has its own set of difficulties.

Photoconversion (light energy creates separated, mobile electric charge) is pretty hard to do in a single organic layer. I wonder if the photoconversion layer is actually composed of an organic solar-cell like multilayer structure or whether instead it works on the principle of photoconductivity.

(Sorry, its close to my day job. I actually wondered a while back whether anyone was thinking of making an organic image sensor. The idea has been kicking around for 60 years, but of course the process tools and materials available are vastly different now…)


Assistant Professor with one of your fields of expertise being organic electronics… Very swish =)

As for the top electrode transparent electrodes aren’t too much of a problem, especially with the hope of something useful coming out of all the money being thrown at graphene. There are also clearly going to be gaps between the pixels. I won’t claim to know much about the layout of an imaging sensor but can’t the top electrodes just run as a grid in these gaps?

Richard Murdey


You can put the electrode around the edge, but it wouldn’t be very efficient for a photoelectric device as the relatively long distance the charges have to travel to reach the electrode mean the charges are more likely to recombine (disappear) before they can be extracted as signal. For a simple photoresistive element, on the other hand, this wouldn’t be a problem.

Hmm. It bugs the heck out of me that I can’t immediately figure out how this works. I’ll have to do some digging tomorrow and see what I can find in the literature.

Richard Murdey

note to self: link to earlier report in article above shows a different diagram with the top transparent electrode clearly indicated.


So it does. I wonder what they’re planning on using for the transparent electrode.

Richard Murdey


Patent appears to cover both “Foveon style” and conventional pixel geometries, in each case the organic active “layer” is on closer examination comprised of a multi-layer sandwich of n-type and p-type materials, with a transparent electrode on top and a regular metal electode on the bottom to collect the individual currents. It’s a miniature organic solar cell, in other words.


Wow! can’t wait for a real camera with this sensor in it.
Finally something exciting.


What does this design mean for sensor longevity? Would this stand up to heat cycling for video use?


The sensor performance may fade over years because of the organic element.


Why do you say this?

Richard Murdey


Organic, molecular semiconductors are fundamentally less stable than their inorganic counterparts. Especially, sadly, when you expose them to light in the presence of e.g. water or oxygen.


@Richard Murray

Trust me, after my last project being on organic photovoltaics I know all about the problems of keeping them going. It isn’t however beyond the wit of man to seal them pretty effectively and the article does mention a protective layer.


It’s a good news.
But I don’t know if they can have a relation between the pixel dimension with the lens resolution? Or only making this to present the technologie more than the real usage.
The pixel see, the lens see, and after all, we see…


As I predicted several years ago, it’s good to see organic semiconductors coming to cameras even though it’s a hybrid. Well done Fuji and Panasonic. I expect to see fully organic or at least organometallic semiconductors further down the track.


Some of these benefits are already available with BSI.

What will be interesting to see is how the technology performs with the large sensel sizes typical in DSLRs rather than the small sensels used in smartphones.



Panasonic definitely needed to be doing something. Their sensors s….., well….they’re not good.

Mike Ronesia

They are not that far off the Sony sensors being used in M4/3’s right now. Not sure what “not good” means to you but I sell plenty of work done with Panny sensors.

Robert Morris

Not really that much of an improvement an 84db sensor already exist and has been in production for a good while now. So what’s the fuss with this one?


Good to see two major companies sharing research and development.

Collaboration is such a rare word these days of patent fights and litigation.

If we all could just get things together, we all would all be driving on the same side of the road all over the planet…



As long as we are not all driving on the wrong side (the right) of the road!

hee hee hee!!



Not as rare in the camera industry. Ricoh Pentax, Sony Oly, now Fuji Pana ??? Sony and Hassy too even though that first product is a laughing looney disaster.



Ricoh owns Pentax brand. Sony only sell sensors to Oly, just like they sell it to Nikon and Pentax. There might be some collaboration on lens design, but Oly’s m4/3 is still a competitor product to Sony’s Nex.

Fuji and Panasonic are also competitors. Fuji doesn’t sell m4/3 cameras.

There is no similarity to Ricoh Pentax


Ah yes, of course you’d not miss this one either! Always 100% reliable you are! I think we all know what’s happened, you call it what you like I’ll call it what I like. It’s partnering to me, period.


Anyone astonished by these claims of enormous dynamic range can head over to Thom Hogan’s website ( bythom.com ) where he explains how far from astonishing this is, and how less impressive it sounds when put in the right context.


I wonder how far off they are from comercial development


Well, at least they aren’t making insane claims of 300% more sensitive etc., that some of these announcements have seen.


Ok, here are some clarifications from http://www.slrlounge.com/breaking-news-panasonic-fuji-developed-worlds-first-organic-sensor.

Fuji/Panasonic organic sensor: 88 dB = 29.2 EV
Nikon D800E: 46db = 15.3ev
Calculations and formula at the link above – wow!.

The organic layer is .5 microns vs 3.0 microns so the incident angle can be increased from 30-40 degrees to 60 degrees while reducing color mixing.

I had read on another link that there was no apparent easy way to manufacture these sensors at this time though…

Richard Murdey

It’s not too different from an OLED television in terms of manufacturing technologies, the trick though is the much higher pixel densities required in a sensor makes patterning the organic layer much more difficult.

I wouldn’t get too hung up on the dynamic range comparisons. The organic photoconversion sensor is still in the experimental stage and specifications are obviously going to change drastically.

The takeaway at this stage is 1) it is demonstrable (it works!) and 2) it has several advantages over conventional technologies both in theory and practice.


I’m pretty sure those calculations are wrong by a factor of two (the usual confusion between power and amplitude, 3dB vs. 6dB). This makes the reported dynamic range similar to the best current sensors, which is not a bad start for a new technology.


Is it edible too?


haha funny 😀
Organic means carbon-hydrogen based, eg benzene is also organic (one for the science geeks)


Yeah, but is benzene edible?



Are you edible?


Awesome, we have a new unit of comparison:

“one severalth”…


R Butler

I liked that one too.


Just a little less than a fewlth and more than a bunchlth, to put it in the context of more familiar units.
As we move to organic materials, we begin to use units used in cooking. Of course, we are talking Imperial ratios here – I’m not sure what the cgs equivalents are.


Simple: 1 severalth is 2.56 pinchels.


Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Sensor may indeed be the next thing. Sony too had filed a patent in Spring 2012, with a similar organic layer that supposedly enhances sensitivity and the DR, apparently, also eliminating the need for OLPF.


what has this got to do with an OLPF?
olpf is used to bur things a bit at the photosite level in order to avoid moiré.


Film will rise again!


On gizmodo they were saying 29.2 stops… here 1.2 the sensitivity – not sure if that computes, but it’s nice to see some “out of the box” development going on out there with such promise.

The incident angle seems like a real winner also – 60Deg vs 30-40Deg – anyone know what the incident angle was for film?


the wider you go (closer to the sensor), the harder it becomes to make a good lens for the system.
this is a touted advantage that may only carry over onto smartphones with their pinhole-type “lens”.


Sounds promising!

Jimmy jang Boo

Time will tell… but it’s still Bayer sensor and I think the future is Foveon.


Bayer sensors are currently the top performing sensors so it’s a technology that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Foveon won’t take off unless someone figures out how to solve the poor high ISO performance and color shifts.


I hope Foveon pans out – it’s been such a long tortuous time… I wonder what the workload change on the processor is not having to do all the Bayer calculations to fill in the blanks – might also make for faster shots.

Jimmy jang Boo

Rest assured Canon has deep pockets.


Sony’s patent for organic layer does indeed include a three-layer stacked structure and I won’t be surprised if Fuji’s patent does too.


Bayer sensors use each pixel’s area to pick information on only 1 of the 3 colors it uses to build images… that means by pcking just 1 color you are trowing away 2/3 of the incident light, there was already a research about a sensor wich used a lens for each pixel, that separated the 3 colors to different angles so each one would be picked by an individual photocite, wich would be like picking almost 100% of incident light (think of the 3ds screen inversed )…i see more future on that, even if the eficiency is not 100%


Coolpix A the most recent APS-C camera is good up to ISO 6400
very hard to beat that

talk is cheap. seeing is believing


organic material: what about lifetime? is it as high as tranditional sensor? the main problem with OLED screen, to compare, is lifetime. No such issue with this sensor?

second point: 88dB dynamic range…. seams enormous, no?


Fuji was the first to put a patent for an organic sensor years ago. It was in fact announced in this very site back in 2004 or 2005 if I recall well. So if anything, the “me too” entity here would have been Sony.

Source Article from http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/06/12/Fujifilm-and-panasonic-organic-CMOS-sensor-industry-leading-dynamic-range-and-sensitivity

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