Panasonic developing 8K sensor for consumer and broadcast cameras

Ciecio7 PL adapter for Micro Four Thirds on the Panasonic GH4

Panasonic froze image sensor research and development in 2011 and have only now resumed.

The company has committed $80m to revitalise their image sensors business in light of growing revenue from their imaging business as a whole and hot demand for sensors.

One of the goals of the $80m investment is the creation of an 8K sensor to be released in Panasonic cameras around 2018.

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Sony will respond to users and reduce rolling shutter with new sensor technology

Sony A7S with Atomos Ninja Star

The A7S is so close to being a ‘complete’ system for high end video quality in a small prosumer camera, but there’s one issue that has quite rightly been highlighted by filmmakers such as Andrew Wonder and that is the rolling shutter distortion. The A7S actually has a very fast sensor with high efficiency made possible by the latest technology but because it does not skip any lines when reading out the image the net result is a scan that takes roughly as long as the older 5D Mark II, which does line-skip.

Sony plan to fix this by introducing a new sensor technology which can read entire lines of pixels in batches of 4 simultaneously.

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