Panasonic Corp has developed a business-use camcorder equipped with an organic image sensor capable of shooting 8k video.
A prototype of the camcorder was exhibited at a trade show on broadcast equipment in Chiba City last month. The company aims to release it in the fall of 2019.
The organic image sensor (1) can realize a "global shutter," which exposes all the pixels at the same time and reads out the data all at once, with a frame rate of 60fps, (2) has a high sensitivity, (3) has a wide dynamic range, (4) can have a stepless electronic ND (natural density) filter function and (5) has a high frame rate of 60fps.
Also, the sensor can switch between the high-sensitivity mode and high-saturation (wide-dynamic-range) mode. It is difficult to realize those features with existing inorganic image sensors using silicon (Si) photodiodes (PDs), Panasonic said.
An ND filter is a filter that evenly reduces the amount of light without changing color balance, etc.
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