Panasonic’s 8K camera was last seen sporting their Super 35mm organic sensor technology, which remains under development. It can be revealed Panasonic also has a similar camera design with a larger full frame sensor (of the common CMOS type) which leads me to speculate who developed this sensor and what else we may be seeing it in.
Quad Bayer answers the conundrum of balancing low light performance and megapixel count. It is the best of both worlds and allows a 48 megapixel 8000 x 6000 image and 8K video – at the same time as 4000 x 3000 and 4K video with better low light performance.
The proof of concept is sitting in my hands right now. Step forward the mighty Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone with 48 megapixel Sony Quad Bayer sensor and 960fps slow-mo.
IMX555CQR is the catchy code-name for an upcoming Sony sensor leaked today. It’s a 102 megapixel full frame sensor for consumer cameras and available to other manufacturers. A pixel binning mode for 12bit 6K video is offered, along with a unique high-speed digital readout for 16bit stills.
More specifications have leaked about Sony’s 36 megapixel full frame 8K sensor.
Back in June I reported on the joint sensor development between Fuji and Samsung. You can read all about that ISO Cell project here. This was 100% not a rumour.
Now you may look at the X-T3 and wonder where the new 26MP sensor comes from.
Sony has been listening to the feedback surrounding the A6300 and A6500, which had quite a severe rolling shutter (30ms+) in 4K. The good news is, Sony have just announced a new high resolution 31MP (over 6K) APS-C / Super 35mm sensor with a global shutter.
With the number of Galaxy handset shipments stalling since 2013, Samsung has been looking to raise prices on their high-end handsets to offset the plateau. The company has suffered dramatic losses of market share in China to cheaper rivals as a result. Now there are rumours Samsung is looking ‘beyond the galaxy’…