Towerjazz And Panasonic Talk Global Shutter And BSI Technology in TowerJazz Q4 2017 Earnings Report


TowerJazz Semiconductors released information about there future plans for sensor development. Panasonic has a 49% stake in the company and we previously showed some of their global shutter technology for future cameras here. TowerJazz has big plans for future Global Shutter and BSI sensors including Full Frame. Maybe we will see their sensor in cameras like the future Fujifilm X-T3 and Panasonic GH6.

“For CMOS image sensor we use the 300 millimeter 65 nanometer capability to develop unique high dynamic range and extremely high sensitivity pixels with very low dark current for the high-end digital SLR and cinematography and broadcasting markets.

In these developments, we’ve included are fab 2 stitching technology to enable large full frame sensors. In addition, we developed a unique family of global shutter state-of-the-art pixels ranging from 3.6 micron down to 2.5 micron to note the smallest in the world with extremely high-shutter efficiency using the unique dual light pipe technology already developed at TPS Go for high quantum efficiency and high image uniformity.

And lastly within the CIS regime, we’ve pushed the limits of our x-ray dye size developing a one dye per wafer x-ray stitch sensor to produce a 300 millimeter a 21 cm x 21 cm imager. All of the above technologies have been or are being implemented in our CIS customers next generation products and are ramping or are plan to begin ramping this year with some additional next year.

Our Image sensor end markets including medical, machine vision, digital SLR camera, cinematography and security among others represented about 15% of our corporate revenues or $210 million and provided the highest margins in the company. We are offering the most advanced global shutter pixel for industrial sensor market with a 2.8 micron global shutter pixel on 110 nanometer platform. The smallest global shutter pixel in the world already in manufacturing. Additionally, as mentioned we have a 2.5 micron state of the art global shutter pixel in development at 65 nanometer, 300 platforms with several leading customers allowing high sensor resolution for any given sensor size enabling TowerJazz to further grow its market leadership.

We also offer single photon avalanche diode which is state of the art technology and ultra fact global shutter pixel for automotive radars based on time of flight principle, answering automotive market needs. We have engaged with several customers in the development of their automotive radar and expect to be a major player in this market in the coming future.

During 2017, we announced a partnership with Yuanchen Microelectronics for backside illumination manufacturing in Changchun China that provide us the BSI process segment for CIS 8 inch wafer manufactured by TowerJazz to increase our service to our worldwide customer base in mass production. So I will be ready for this mass production early second half of this year with multiple customers already having started their product designs.

In addition, we developed backside illumination and stack way for technology on 12 inch wafers in the Uozu factory serving as a next generation platform for high end photography and high end security market. We now offer both BSI and column level stack wafer PDKs to our customers.

We are investing today in three main directions. Next generation global shutter technology for industrial sensor market. Backside illumination stack wafers for the high end photography market and special pixel technology for the automotive market.”

via Image Sensor World

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. vs DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S.

Richard compares the Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.4 Leica DG and 200mm f/2.8 Review with both 1.4x TC and 2.0x TC, with some surprising results. I have always personally felt these lenses are pretty closely matched, but the Leica DG 200mm f/2.8 is just an outstanding all-around performer. Check out Richards video and decided which is best for you.

Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Leica DG 200mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Four Companies Join The Micro Four Thirds Alliance


Olympus Corporation and Panasonic Corporation announced that the four companies newly approved the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

China state-owned company GKUVISION working on developing surveillance camera solution, such as 4K / 120fps camera, SLR Magic, which manufactures lenses and accessories for movies and photographs, releases lenses for SLR cameras and VR exclusive lenses in Guangdong, China Optical maker DZO participated. In the future these products will be added to Micro Four Thirds.

via dc.watch

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Olympus Pen-F Firmware 3.0 Coming February 28th


Firmware 3.00 for the Olympus Pen-F is coming Feb. 28th.

  • New Bleach Bypass filter
  • Ability to adjust shading effects
  • With the Olympus Digital Camera Updater, you can now save your monochrome profiles on the camera
  • Fixed AF issue with Leica 200mm lens

Olympus PEN-F: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Olympus EM-1 Mark II: Firmware 2.00 Coming February 28th


Firmware 2.00 for the Olympus EM-1 Mark II is coming Feb. 28th. 2018

New Features:
New art filter [Bleach Bypass] has been added.
Possible to use focus stacking photography with “M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO”.
Small targets have been added to AF target mode.
Possible to set a maximum of 35 pre-shutter frames for Pro Capture shooting.
Display has been improved to show that Pro Capture shooting is recording.
“Flicker Scan” has been added so it is possible to reduce flickering by fine adjustment of shutter speed while looking at the live view when using electronic shutter.
Fisheye compensation photography has been added for use of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO. You can view the effects in live view while shooting images.
Possible to set zoom ratio during playback. Also, added pixel equivalence display to zoom ratio.
Pro Capture shooting is available for additional lenses.
Display of remaining battery power has been improved.
Response when assigning AF to AEL/AFL button has been improved.
Stability of camera operation when using OLYMPUS Capture has been improved.
Stability of image stabilizer operation when shooting video has been improved

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama

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Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f/2.8


Lensbaby just a new lens for Micro Four Thirds with a dual diaphragm for creative swirly Bokeh.

Lensbaby Delivers a Modern Take on Classic Lenses with the Burnside 35
Portland, OR (February 15, 2018) – Lensbaby—makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories—announces the launch of an entirely new kind of creative effects lens, the Burnside 35.

The first ever wide angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design, this 35mm f/2.8 lens creates images with a large, bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition surrounded by variable, swirling bokeh and vignette. It also features an effect slider that operates as a second internal iris that changes the shape and amount of swirl in the bokeh; all while adding or removing vignette and center brightness.

Burnside’s 35mm focal length lets you capture a scene at a normal-wide perspective with a dimensionality that makes your subject jump off the page. This lens opens up a new world of creative possibilities for those shooting street photography, landscapes, environmental portraits and more.

“The Burnside 35 is one of the most versatile Lensbabies we’ve made,” said Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Craig Strong. “It gives you the ability to have a strong or subtle creative effect in a single lens, a lens you might just keep on your camera all day long.”

Adding to the Burnside 35’s versatility is the radical, new effect slider that can be used to add center brightness, in-camera vignette and adjust bokeh detail. You can toggle the gold-anodized effect slider on the barrel of the lens to create variable balance and harmony between center brightness, bokeh and vignette. The effect slider features a four-stop range of vignette and bokeh enhancement so you can dial in the exact look that appeals to you.

Burnside 35 joins Lensbaby’s lens lineup as an all-metal, non-tilting lens similar to their bestselling Velvet series. Made specifically for full frame and crop sensor cameras, this lens is compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Sony E, Fuji X and Samsung NX.

Burnside 35 Product Specs:

Focal Length: 35mm
Aperture Range: f/2.8-16
6 blade internal aperture
8 blade secondary internal aperture for the effect slider
Minimum Focus Distance: 6 inches
Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
62mm filter threads
Focus type: Manual
Size/ Weight: 13.2 oz (374.21g)
6 multi-coated glass elements, in 4 groups

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