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Foveon X3 DSLR image sensor

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Tuesday 26th, September 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Foveon released the 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor, the highest resolution X3 sensor available and the latest product from Foveon. In addition to providing image quality suitable for professional photographers, the new X3 sensor incorporates design and process enhancements which improve performance at long exposures and high ISO speeds, and also provides a 40% increase in pixel count compared to the previous X3 DSLR sensor. Foveon’s proprietary X3 technology is the only image sensor technology that stacks red, green and blue pixels vertically, increasing the information density of the recorded image while simultaneously eliminating the color sampling artifacts found with other image sensors.

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Kodak KAF10500 sensor for Leica M8

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Tuesday 19th, September 2006

Eastman Kodak Company has extended its partnership with Leica Camera AG to provide image sensors for the newly announced Leica M8. The new Kodak KAF-10500 image sensor was developed specifically for use with the M8, and marks Kodak’s second collaboration with Leica, building on the success of Kodak’s interaction with Leica on the Leica Digital-Module-R. The first digital camera to use the Leica viewfinder system, the Leica M8 extends the Leica M series into the digital world. By working closely with Leica, Kodak designed and optimized the new image sensor to meet the demanding needs of Leica photographers.

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Oki Electric Unveils 3D Noise Reduction

Posted by: Mark Peters Wednesday 23rd, August 2006

Oki Electric Industry announced its launch of two types of 3D noise reduction, high quality image processing LSIs, the ML87V2107 and ML87V21071, that operate on a 3.3V single power supply. Oki succeeded in integrating its original FIFO (First-In First-Out) memory and image processing circuit into a single chip and significantly reducing CCD camera noise in dim light, something which could not be done before. "By using these ICs, manufacturers of consumer imaging electronics, such as TVs and video recorders, and manufacturers of industrial imaging electronics, such as monitoring cameras and network cameras, can reduce circuit costs, improve function for video equipment and achieve higher resolution," said Masahiko Morioka, President of Silicon Solutions Company at Oki Electric. "Based on this LSI we plan to develop new versions with embedded ADC/DAC to achieve higher functions and be suitable for application in various CCD cameras"

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The market for digital compact cameras is steady but does no longer show a significant growth. Within the camera market, the digital SLR camera expanded its market share which gave camera manufacturers like Nikon and Canon a boost in sales. However, the DSLR segment is changing and although the traditional DSLR is still the most important one for consumer and professional photographers, a new segment is grabbing market share and attention from the public. Micro Four Thirds, and other system cameras from Sony and Samsung, could change today’s market share. Canon and Nikon will not give away their market share for free… Photokina 2012 Imaging & Trade show will be the place to be and to get the latest information from all camera manufacturers and their digital cameras.