In an attempt to further optimize the image quality of small smartphone sensors, Samsung has developed a new technology called ‘ISOCELL’, which promises better color accuracy, less noise and greater dynamic range as compared to current BSI (back-side-illuminated) CMOS sensors. Basically, what Samsung did was to put physical barriers inbetween individual pixels (hence the name: ISOlated CELLs), which greatly reduce light spill as well as crosstalk between pixels. Samsung calculates that this new technology will decrease crosstalk between individual pixels by as much as 30%, meaning more light will be captured by each individual pixel.
A first sensor using this new technology has been created, sporting 8 megapixels on a 1/4″-type device. Mass production of the new sensor is scheduled for Q4 2013, so we might actually see it featured in smartphones or tablets some time next year.
Tom Lowe (of Timescapes and Dreamcore fame) is someone you could call a fan of RED cameras, being a huge advocate of their system and producing some truly jaw-dropping work with their beyond-HD capabilities. Over the past week Tom has been using a prototype RED Dragon camera on location in Sri Lanka to see what it can do with regard to dynamic range. Tom has been sharing his results so far with the RedUser forums, and we’re sharing some of that information with you; head on past the break for more.
Our jaws haven’t dropped like this in the cinema world for a while; but RED has managed to do it. They recently released a demo video showing off what their new Dragon sensor is capable of. Previously, they noted that it is capable of working with 20 stops of dynamic range. Though CEO Jannard has been known to toot his own horn quite a bit, it’s actually try. In the video below, the company metered the skies to something around f32 while the shadows were around f4.5 and they were able to attain an extremely usable image.
Mark Tola, the shooter, states that the files are cleaner than his Sony F65–and that’s really saying something as it was one of the best sensors on that market.
I really have to say: it’s nice to see a smaller American company take a jab at the big guys every so often. The demo video is after the jump.
In photography, Dynamic Range is the amount of visible detail that can be seen or recovered between the lightest part of a photograph and the darkest. Having a good dynamic range in an image could make it look good, not only on screen, but when the image is printed as well. If the dynamic range is off in any way, the darker areas of an image can lose all their detail and just be black or the lighter areas can be washed out. If you gain a good understanding of dynamic range, it will improve your photography.
This is absolutely insane! Panasonic and Fujifilm have co-developed a brand new organic CMOS image sensor. The idea of organic sensors have been around for a couple of years now, but this one is of particular interest because of Panasonic and Fujifilm’s standing in the market. The new sensor is said to boast 14.6 stops of dynamic range. They’re saying that this is 1.2x more sensitive than standard silicon sensors–and that they’re not using the typical silicon sensor method of construction but instead using organic photodiodes.
While it isn’t the graphene sensor that we reported on, it is still quite a leap forward. We just are wondering when we’ll see it in cameras. We’re also curious as to whether it means that Fujifilm may be abandoning the X Trans Sensor–we sure hope not!
It’s been a while since HDR Expose 2 was first released, and we took a first look at the software a while back. HDR Expose 2 is a relatively affordable and easy to use HDR software which still leaves you a lot of options for fine tuning the HDR effect. Anything from a slight dynamic range improvement to over-the-top HDRs with insane colors and local contrast can be achieved with the software. In this review, we take a closer look at its functionality and assess what and who it is suited for.