Panasonic develops camera with first organic 8K sensor

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Panasonic is debuting the AK-SHB810 8K multipurpose camera, a compact, lightweight, box-type camera that uses a PL lens mount and what the company says is equipped with the world’s first organic 8K sensor. Earlier this year, Panasonic announced what they are calling the first "organic sensor" that give cameras a better dynamic range and low-light sensitivity. The company has now unveiled the first camera with the new sensor, the AK-SHB810, which will be the world's first to pack an 8K organic sensor.

The system will be exhibited at InterBEE 2018 in Japan, Nov. 14-16 as a reference model, and Panasonic expects the cameras to hit the market by fall 2019.

Panasonic's organic photoconductive film (OPF) technology has been achieved by developing a laminated structure using organic thin film that results in a more efficient photoelectric conversion. Panasonic claims the technology provides for a "wide dynamic range" compared to regular CMOS cameras, thanks to a global shutter that records the entire image at once, rather than line-by-line like in a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Panasonic said, "By utilizing this OPF CMOS image sensor's unique structure, we have been able to newly develop and incorporate high-speed noise cancellation technology and high saturation technology in the circuit part. And, by using this OPF CMOS image sensor's unique sensitivity control function to vary the voltage applied to the OPF, we realize global shutter function. The technology that simultaneously achieves these performances is the industry's first."

"With the technology, it is possible to capture images at 8K resolution, even in high contrast scenes, such as a field under strong sunlight and shaded spectator seats under a stadium roof. Moreover, by utilizing the global shutter function that enables simultaneous image capture by all pixels, it is expected to be able to capture moving objects instantaneously without distortion, be utilized for multi-viewpoint cameras."

The OPF CMOS image sensor has a unique structure, in which, the OPF performs a photoelectric conversion and the circuit area performs charge storage and signal readout functions completely independently. "Using this OPF CMOS image sensor structure, we developed high-speed noise cancellation technology and high saturation technology in the circuit area which has a large available space," said Panasonic.

The technology should make its way to broadcast and consumer cameras within the next year or two. The company is set to challenge global image sensor leader Sony with the new technology that promises to improve high resolution, high speed and high precision imaging and sensing functions.

In the future, Panasonic says they intend to utilize this OPF CMOS image sensor technology in various applications such as broadcasting cameras, surveillance cameras, industrial inspection cameras, automotive cameras.

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