New Panasonic Sensor Claims 100X Wider Dynamic Range

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GX8 extra review photos product shots (2 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

Earlier this month, Panasonic announced a new sensor that is extremely capable. In fact, their press release claims it to have 100 times of a wider dynamic range than standard CMOS sensors. Ecen further, it’s claiming accurate color reproduction in high contrast situations–which is even more impressive. If this sensor were black and white only, it would make a load of sense but the fact that it’s in color is even more extraordinary.

The press release is after the jump.

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With Today’s Digital Cameras, ISO 6400 is the New ISO 1600

ISO 6400 on the Sony A7r Mk II

ISO 6400 on the Sony A7r Mk II

We have reached an absolutely incredible and groundbreaking moment in the history of photography.

Years ago back around 2007, Nikon did something that absolutely blew the mind of photographers and editors. For the first time ever in digital photography history, photographers were able to get clean RAW files beyond ISO 800. In fact, photographers back then generally didn’t have a big problem using the camera at 1600 or 3200 depending on the work that you did. Many photographers who were in the press and did daily shooting in photo pits were very happy with the results. Then one year later, they did it again with the D700–a 12MP DSLR with a full frame sensor that rendered incredible high ISO results.

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No, You Will Not Be Able to Shoot a Wedding on a Cell Phone

Wired has this very interesting article on the creation of a new sensor using Quantum (vs silicon) that will allow for better light sensitivity. Created by InVisage Technologies, Quantum dot-based sensors won’t be more expensive than traditional CMOS-based sensors, which is nice to know. They should be out next year. In the headline, the author is saying in the headline that the sensor will promise wedding photos from your cameraphone.

As a wedding photographer, I’m disgusted. Is a CMOS sensor in a cameraphone better than the one in my Canon 5D Mk II? Additionally, sure they may have lots of light sensitivity, but just wait till every other DSLR manufacturer catches up. NOTHING will replace good lenses and years and years of honing your craft in photography. I’d love to see the looks on programmers’ faces when they have to create the algorithms for keeping the noise levels down.

RAW Photo Capabilities Come to Cellphones Via OmniVision

Just when cameras like the S90 and others were making a strive forward, OmniVision has announced today at Mobile World Congress the introduction of a 1/4 inch 5MP sensor that will shoot RAW photos and will be available for cell phones. The sensor is also complete with backside illumination. If that wasn’t enough, it can also shoot 1080p HD video at 30p and 720p at 60p. Let’s also keep in mind that this is a much smaller sensor.

Showing ultimate megapixel restraint, it will allow photographers and users that always have a phone in their pocket to take better pictures and have more flexibility in the editing process. Next to the new sensor in the photo above is a Micro Four Thirds sensor.

While technology like this is great news, let’s keep in mind that most of America also doesn’t know that much about photography so something like this may hopefully encourage them to do more with their photos. It will also boost citizen journalism. Hopefully photo editing apps will be able to keep up, like those on Android. Let’s also keep in mind that processors need to keep up as well. More is available on the press release and technical specs are after the jump.

Via Wired

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