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Panasonic developing 8K sensor for consumer and broadcast cameras

December 5, 2015 Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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

July 11, 2014 Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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

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Phase detect AF strips showing up in Olympus E-M1 video

January 16, 2014 Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

Ever wondered if those sensor AF pixels or “sensels” can show up in your images? I’m just fresh from shooting a music video with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. I love this camera for professional video. Really love it… The 5 axis stabiliser is unique on the market and no other interchangeable lens camera can do what the E-M5 can do with Micro Four Thirds lens, that stabiliser and no rig, even a tripod. It’s unfortunate however in that the camera has a very unusual bug…

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In depth coverage – Panasonic announce 4K video capable Micro Four Thirds sensor

November 12, 2013 Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

The recent rumours surfacing of Panasonic releasing an AG-GH4 around the $3000 mark have been given a boost. Panasonic have now officially announced the existence of a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor which is capable of 4K video at up to 30fps, matching the rumoured specs of the GH4. Tantalisingly this sensor is even available as a customer part on the open market, making it available to Blackmagic Design.