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Prototype Fujifilm sensor is three times more sensitive than current sensors

Prototype Fujifilm sensor is three times more sensitive than current sensors - The new sensor uses a similar concept to the Foveon sensor. Different layers of light sensitive material react to each primary colour of light at each photosite, resulting in greater colour depth.

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Prototype Fujifilm sensor is three times more sensitive than current sensors
No formal statement has been made about exact specifications of the new sensor, although Fujifilm UK Marketing Manager, Wills Rolls has confirmed the technology is in it's early stages of development adding, "Fujifilm are looking to lead the pack when it comes to sensor technology."

The new sensor technology is reported to consist of three layers of organic pigments, each separately reacting to red, green and blue light. The layers are sandwiched between transparent electrodes from which electric current flows when light enters the corresponding pigment layer.

Fujifilm has already made a prototype image sensor using a pigment that reacts to green light. It produces monochrome pictures with the same depth as colour photographic film and is three times more sensitive than current digital image sensors. Work has already started on making prototype elements for the red and blue layers as well.

A patent has already been filed for the technology, and Fujifilm hope that it will be available in three to four years.

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
24 Mar 2006 7:15AM
As an SD9 owner/user, I find this VERY interesting.

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IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
24 Mar 2006 9:20AM
That only puts them 5-7 years behind Foveon/Sigma!!

Wink)
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
24 Mar 2006 10:26AM
LOL!!!!
Boyers 9 5
24 Mar 2006 1:49PM
Well - it might be news about 6 years ago, but at least it signifies another supplier who detests BAYER sensors; that at least is good news.
monstersnowman 9 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 3:30AM
so .... shall I hold on before I buy my next camera, just in case :0)
MaxiKana 8 3
25 Mar 2006 4:21AM
Oooh it would be cool if they released a monochrome camera.
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2006 12:31AM
Foveon may have had this idea first, but I have become concerned about their ability to push this technology ahead. After all, what have they done in the 4(?) years since the SD9 first appeared? (the SD10 used the same sensor)

Still, well done to the guys at Foveon - shows just how far ahead of the times they were.

Mattw
keithh e2
10 23.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
27 Mar 2006 2:04AM
So far ahead it doesn't actually work on so many levels.

It will be interesting to see what Fuji do with it.

They are a company who have a vast depth of digital photographic knowledge and yet never use it for themselves.
hecf 8 3
6 Sep 2006 6:16PM
They already discontinued S3 PRO
yrs.Why discontinue a product that sells more than they expect.While the next sensor will wait that long.

Yes, "3 times" more sensitive but u will have to wait also "3years"

Dont everybody think 3 yrs is a "LONG WAIT"?

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