Samsung Unveils World’s First 108MP Smartphone Image Sensor – Photography Article

Less than a week after Xiaomi teased an upcoming smartphone with a whopping 108MP of resolution, Samsung has officially unveiled the image sensor that will power the pocket-sized beast. Meet the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX: the world’s first 100MP+ smartphone image sensor. When the sensor was teased, we speculated that it would feature Samsung’s ‘tetracell’ technology (read: a quad-bayer array). This is, indeed, the case. The image sensor features a quad-bayer array that “merges four neighboring pixels” into a single…

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Searching for the ‘Ideal’ Image Sensor – Photography Article

Like it or not, much of the conversation around image quality these days revolves around sensor size. When Sony announced the a7R IV, it boasted image quality that “rivaled medium format.” When people defend Micro Four Thirds, they show off their ultra-portable system and claim the images are “indistinguishable from full-frame.” And then you have tweets like this: Full-frame has all-but taken over as the professional ‘standard.’ But why? And does it even deserve that title? I don’t think it…

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Xiaomi and Samsung Tease Upcoming Smartphone with 108MP Image Sensor – Photography Article

Earlier today at the company’s “Images of the Future” conference, Xiaomi dropped a bombshell. According to a tweet on the official Xiaomi account, they’ve teamed up with Samsung to develop a smartphone with a 108MP “ultra-clear” image sensor! Xiaomi actually made two announcements today. The first is that it will be using Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 64MP image sensor in an upcoming Redmi phone. That, in and of itself, is a big deal. The GW1 uses “tetracell” technology (read: a quad-bayer…

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Sony Shares Specs for Six Full-Frame Sensors, Including a Quad Bayer Chip – Photography Article

Sony recently published the spec sheets for six of its full-frame sensors, including a quad-bayer version of the 61MP chip found inside the Sony a7R IV. Given the ubiquity of Sony’s BSI-CMOS sensors, it’s possible we’ll see tweaked versions of these sensors in some next generation full-frame cameras. Sony showed off six sensors in all: the 48.9MP IMX311AQK, the 48.9MP IMX313AQK, the 55MP IMX409BQJ, the 24.6MP IMX410CQX, the 15MP IMX521CQR (quad bayer 61MP chip that produces 15MP images), and the…

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Nikon Is Ending Free D600 Sensor Dust Repairs in 2020 – Photography Article

Remember the Nikon D600 sensor dust issue? The problem—and resulting service advisory—dominated the headlines for a couple of years, from the time the issue first surfaced in 2012 until Nikon announced it would fix all D600s for free in 2014. But it seems that free service is finally coming to a close. According to a notice published by Nikon Japan, Nikon will stop offering free repair service for affected D600s on January 10th, 2020—exactly six months from today. “As of…

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Sony’s Sensor Dominance is a Problem for Camera Makers: TowerJazz – Photography Article

As Sony’s mirrorless cameras continue to grow in stature and market share in the photo industry, Sony’s dominance in the imaging sensor market gives it a big advantage. At least, that’s what major imaging sensor competitor TowerJazz believes. TowerJazz is an Israel-based silicon foundry that one of the camera world’s big manufacturers of CMOS image sensors. Tech vlogger Charbax attended SID Display Week 2019 last month and interviewed Dr. Avi Strum, the SVP and GM of TowerJazz’s Sensors business. At…

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Sony Should Split From Its Sensor Business: Investor – Photography Article

One of Sony’s crown jewels in its empire is its image sensor business, which dominates global market share and has helped the company hit record profits. But now a famous investor is calling for Sony to spin-off the sensor business into a completely independent company. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that American activist investor Daniel Loeb has invested in a $1.5 billion stake in Sony and is now calling on the company to spin off its sensor business “to unlock…

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