Could The New Fujifilm and Panasonic Organic Sensors Replace X Trans?

These new organic camera sensors offer an exciting glimpse at what could eventually come to Fujifilm and Panasonic consumer cameras.

The world of technology is moving along at a blistering pace which means we get more and more advanced cameras hitting the streets all the time. Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up a few years ago to create a completely new type of organic sensor so that they could not only make advancements in technology, but so that they could try to steal some market share back from Sony who supply most of the world’s camera sensors. This new co-developed sensor will be capable of 8K at 60 frames per second, and will have a few more tricks up its sleeve. But just imagine what could be possible if in some way it were combined with X Trans.

According to a press release from Panasonic Japan, and a post on Mirrorless Rumors, the first camera to use this revolutionary organic sensor will be a Panasonic based 8K video camera: the AK-SHB810. This new camera will officially be released in late 2019, though no specific date has been given yet. Panasonic has said that this sensor is incredibly high in sensitivity, and has dynamic range that cannot be matched by any current silicon based sensors. Sounds awesome, right? Considering that Fujifilm makes some absolutely stunning cinema glass, it’s bound to deliver great images if the brand supports the mount.

The new sensor will supposedly be capable of delivering incredible dynamic range at 8K, 60 frames per second thanks to a very thin organic layer that sits on top of the sensor. The organic film responds to different voltages being applied to it, and it’s this feature that apparently takes this sensor to a whole new level. Now, just imagine if X Trans or Fujifilm’s Film simulations were applied to it at all in any way for still shooting.

The same organic film can also function as a built-in ND filter as well–which would mean that landscape photographers would have so much more versatility. The organic film can be made lighter or darker by multiple stops by applying different voltages to it. New global shutters will apparently all but eliminate rolling shutter as well; which will no doubt please videographers out there.

Whether or not this new sensor will make its way into future consumer Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras is yet to be known. With as many advances as Fujfilm have made with their current line up of APS-C and Medium format cameras, and Panasonic with its line of Micro Four Thirds bodies, one would have to believe that their consumer cameras could be inline to receive one of these new camera sensors in the future, and that’s incredibly exciting to think about.

Can you imagine a new Fujifilm or Panasonic camera with the 8K capable organic sensor and in-body image stabilization? We can! Make it happen guys and gals!

What do you think about this new organic sensor? Do you think it will find its way into Fujifilm’s or Panasonic’s future consumer cameras? Let us know in the comment section below.

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.