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Panasonic Announces First Organic Sensor 8K Camera for Summer 2020 – Coming to Fujifilm X and GFX too?

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Organic Sensor

Panasonic has recently announced the launch of the first 8K organic sensor camera for the 2020 Olmypic Games in Tokyo.

By putting an organic layer on top of the CMOS sensor, Panasonic promises three advantages:

  1. Wide dynamic range
    Additional 2 stops of dynamic range, from the current 14 stops to a target of 15/16 stops
  2. Global shutter
  3. Build-in Variable ND filters
    The use of conductive film allows to control the light amount coming to the sensor. You can control lights without changing aperture. You can maintain depth of field

After the Tokyo Olmypic games, Panasonic will put this sensor also into cinema, studio and consumer cameras, including the Lumix line-up. Full interview in the video below.

And Fujifilm?

About 6 years ago, Fujifilm and Panasonic announced the development of the organic sensor.

But there has been some issues: in December 2014, our sources told us here, that the crucial problems to be solved with the organic sensor are heat generation and battery drain.

Since then, we didn’t hear that much anymore about the organic sensor, and many started thinking Fujifilm dropped out of this project.

But in October 2018 here, a Panasonic manager said:

there is a continuous cooperation between Panasonic and Fujifilm in development of the organic sensor technology. The recent results are very promising. The mass production of this kind of sensor, however, will take a little bit more time, and today I cannot say when we can use this kind of sensor.

So let’s hope that this kind of sensor will be part also of future Fujifilm cameras.

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