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Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality

Here’s this morning’s news:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of . . . → Read More: Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality

Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete

(Updated June 15th after press conference)

The new Sony A7R II is the camera I’ve been waiting for, which everyone has predicted, and which seems to tick every box without having a huge price label on its own. I find the $3,200 (UK coinfirmed £2,600) matches its stated specifications well. Others may disagree, but . . . → Read More: Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete

Alpha 500, 550 and 850

Sony’s September launch for 2009 looks set to include three new models – the Alpha 500, 550 and 850. The model numbers are confirmed by the usual backdoor leak, appearing in the registration database for SonyStyle USA in this case (Canada has been a past culprit, updating databases associated with their site before the product . . . → Read More: Alpha 500, 550 and 850

Back-illuminated Exmor in new Sony HD Handycam

•Class-leading Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor plus Sony G Lens and BIONZ image processor for incredible HD imaging performance, especially in low light •Optical SteadyShot Active Mode gives up to 10x less camera shake, now improved with ‘3-Way Shake-Cancelling*’ stabilisation •Full HD recording on 64GB(CX520VE)/32GB(CX505VE) internal memory and optional Memory Stick •Automatic geotagging of clips . . . → Read More: Back-illuminated Exmor in new Sony HD Handycam

‘Twilight Football’ concept to boost Sony low-light reputation

Sony has come up with a zany idea to overcome problems in their reputation for high ISO and low light capability – showcase cameras, including the Alpha range with its legendary high ISO noise reduction, by shooting an essentially unphotogenic subject in almost non-existent light. But they are picking exceptional locations to do so. Sony . . . → Read More: ‘Twilight Football’ concept to boost Sony low-light reputation

Sony CMOS sensor background revealed

There is a white paper by Sony Semiconductor on the imaging processing which I think is in the HX1, //www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol55/pdf/featuring55.pdf. I assume it is the IMX-032 CMOS sensor (//www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/cx_news/vol55/np_imx032cqr.html) mated to a CXD4109AGG image processing chip. There seem to be some interesting techniques employed, multi-plane synthesis to combine several frames for low light and HDR . . . → Read More: Sony CMOS sensor background revealed

HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens

Press release from Sony, March 3rd 2009 – important bits highlighted in bold, uncalled-for comments in italics:

The Cyber-shot HX1 by Sony, teams stunning picture quality, lightning-fast shooting and powerful creative features in a stylish, supremely easy to use camera. The new flagship of the Cyber-shot range showcases a range of sophisticated image sensing, optical . . . → Read More: HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens

Exmor ‘R’ debuts in Handycams

Sony’s new back-illuminated CMOS sensor design makes its first appearance – along with technology borrowed from the Alpha system – in a new HD Handycam video model, the HDR-XR520VE/500VE. Hopefully presaging future DSLR developments, the range also includes models with built-in GPS tracking to record the location of shots as you film.

. . . → Read More: Exmor ‘R’ debuts in Handycams

Alpha 900 – finder and frames

It’s not going to be long before we see the Alpha 900, and some cameras are known to be out there on trial in the hands of Sony staff and pre-release testers. I am not one, so rest assured, this is not a leak! What can you expect from the Alpha 900’s full-frame prism finder? . . . → Read More: Alpha 900 – finder and frames

Nikon D3X 24.4 megapixel sensor leak

USERS of the Nikon D3 downloading the latest firmware update have found information strings referring to the D3X and listing the file sizes the forthcoming camera will produce. The sizes match the pixel count of the Sony full-frame CMOS sensor due to be used in the ‘Alpha 900’ Sony full-frame body.

. . . → Read More: Nikon D3X 24.4 megapixel sensor leak