Panasonic Still Hasn’t Finished the Organic CMOS Sensor it Began in 2013

Panasonic has touted additional benefits of the natural CMOS sensor that it has been engaged on for almost a decade, and whereas the developments nonetheless sound engaging, the corporate appears no nearer to launch.

On Friday, Panasonic wrote a lengthy blog post the place it famous the advantages of its natural CMOS sensor with regard to its “wonderful coloration copy” beneath a number of sorts of gentle sources.

“On this know-how, the natural skinny movie that performs photoelectric conversion and the circuit that shops and reads out electrical cost are fully impartial of one another,” Panasonic writes.

“This distinctive layered construction reduces the sensitivity of every pixel in inexperienced, pink, and blue in wavelength areas exterior the goal vary. Since it could obtain spectral traits with low coloration mixing, correct coloration copy is feasible no matter the kind of gentle supply.”

DPReview‘s Richard Butler explains that the sensor seems to have decreased crosstalk, which mainly signifies that the pink, inexperienced, and blue pixels of the sensor acquire solely their supposed coloration and that gentle — no matter sort and coloration solid — gained’t spill throughout every pixel and subsequently muddy coloration copy.

Comparability of coloration chart imaging beneath numerous gentle supply colours | Panasonic

That sounds implausible, however so does every other promise Panasonic has made concerning the natural CMOS sensor it has launched over the course of the final decade. Panasonic’s direct involvement with the natural CMOS sensor stems back to June of 2013 when it partnered up with Fujifilm and it has but to materialize.

Final 12 months, the company grabbed headlines with the promise the know-how would lead to an 8K sensor, attaining excessive decision, excessive dynamic vary, comparatively excessive framerate, and a worldwide shutter. Mainly, it could be a game-changing tech.

These highfalutin claims have been introduced on the finish of 2021 and this sensor has nonetheless but to seem. Now Panasonic’s decreased crosstalk weblog publish doesn’t even deal with images or videography because the core, however moderately how this sensor can have “a variety of functions.” Mainly, Panasonic is attempting to hype this decade-old venture as much more beneficial to extra individuals. That might be nice if the final 10 years had resulted in one thing tangible, however they haven’t.

Again in 2021, Panasonic didn’t give the sense that this sensor was near launch and after this most up-to-date weblog publish, that hasn’t modified.

Picture credit: Header photograph by Monoist.

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