Sony Sensor Updates Their CMOS Image Sensors for Consumer Cameras With New MFT Sensors

Sony semiconductors updated their CMOS Image Sensors for Consumer Cameras and it now likely shows the sensor inside the Fujifilm X-T3, and it also now includes the sensors inside the Panasonic GH5, G9, and GH5s. You might be able to find some additional details through Sony’s semiconductor page, but it’s surprising it took them this long to publicly list these sensors.

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Personal View Panasonic Interview: “Please don’t worry about m4/3. We plan to make much more m4/3 products.” and More Interesting Details.

Personal View interviewed Mr. Michiharu Uematsu (Adviser for Technical PR, Merchandising Department, Imaging Network Business Division), Ms. Emi Fujiwara (Imaging Section, Communication Department) and Mr. Taku Kariyazaki (Staff Engineer, Innovative Entertainment Development Center, Corporate Engineering Division) about the new L-Mount alliance and the future of m43. Below you can find some excerpts from the lengthy interview or you can read the full thing here.

  • Don’t worry about MFT
  • It’s like medium and large format. Sometimes you need them to complete the task.
  • MFT was as good as film, but now people have higher expectations and MFT has surpassed the quality of film
  • MFT can’t satisfy photographers that want 40-50mp so they need full frame
  • Commercial, industrial, artistic portraits… require higher quality
  • High megapixel is also very good for retouching
  • They need a larger sensor area to avoid shrinking the pixel size too much
  •  MFT will always have a size and weight advantage
  • Sensor technology will make MFT attractive again soon for image quality
  • Panasonic has enough resources to continue developing MFT and full frame at the same time.
  • Panasonic partnered with Sigma and Leica so that customers would have more choice
  • Panasonic has 20 lenses and MFT has around 50 native lenses, but Panasonic plans to continue innovating
  • They will probably focus on premium and cinema glass going forward
  • Panasonic’s partnership with Olympus is limited to how the interface between a lens and camera body work, and also the optical image circle and flange back.
  • They do not discuss future products with Olympus
  • Their lack of discussion is why they have so many overlapping lenses
  • They cant discuss their future products due to antitrust laws
  • For the L-mount alliance, the licenser is Leica, Panasonic and also Sigma are just licensee.
  • They do not have any insight into who else will be invited to join L-Mount since that is strictly up to Leica.
  • Some customers like the GX7’s size and style over the GX8
  • With small bodies, it is hard to figure out where to put ports and buttons.
  • They think there will be a stronger collaboration between the camera division and broadcast division when 8k becomes their standard.
  • “since its initial announcement in 2016, 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 a sensor.”
  • Panasonic will still work on sensor technology and they think that it will improve with time like the move from a limit of 3 micron to 1.5 micron pixels producing good image quality.
  • “If we can increase the relative ratio of the photodiode relative to two other parts, this will make sensor more efficient and also result in the better image quality. The reason why an organic photoconductive film makes better efficiency is because this allows to maximize the light reception area and more angle of the incident light. The organic sensor has less deflection. This means that the organic sensor can get more efficiency/sensitivity. This theoretically could make the organic film sensor better.”
  • Other companies have full frame and APS-C so why shouldn’t Panasonic have MFT and Full Frame?
  • Making a mobile phone would take way too many resources
  • Please don’t worry about M4/3. We plan to make much more M4/3 products.”

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Olympus Magazine Issue 58 and Issue 59

Olympus released the 58th and 59th issue of their magazine. You can view the 58th issue here and the 59th issue here.

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Adobe DNG Converter Adds Panasonic LX100II Support

Adobe DNG Converter 11 with Panasonic LX100II support was just released and you can download it for Mac or Windows now. The Panasonic LX100II will start shipping soon.

Panasonic LX100II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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New Nissin i400 Listed at B&H Photo

The Nissin i400 is a new “affordable” flash coming soon from Nissin. The only information we have about this flash at this time comes from B&H Photo and it can be read below.

The Nissin i400 TTL Flash for Fujifilm cameras is a simple but powerful compact flash designed for use by both pros and enthusiasts. It features TTL functionality and a guide number of 131′ at ISO 100 and in the 105mm position for providing coverage within a zoom range of 24 to 105mm, or down to 16mm with the built-in wide-angle diffuser. The shoe-mounted flash head tilts upwards 90° and rotates 180° in both directions for complete 360° coverage.

The i400 features full manual control as well as a range of preset modes to achieve just the right lighting setup. Choose from slow-speed, high-speed, and 1st and 2nd curtain synchronization in addition to variable power from 1/1 to 1/256. The flash runs on 4 AA batteries.

  • Simple, no-frills, compact flash designed for both pros and enthusiasts
  • Guide number at ISO 100 of 131′ at 105mm and 89′ at 35mm position
  • Recycle time of 0.1 to 4 seconds
  • Approximately 220 to 1700 flashes on a single set of fully-charged batteries
  • Color temperature of 5600K
  • Exposure compensation from -2 to +2 EV in 1/2 step increments
  • AF assist beam with range of 2.3 to 16.4′
  • Flash duration of 1/800 to 1/20,000 second
  • Red-eye reduction modes
  • Two selector dials on the back of the flash for changing modes and adjusting power settings

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Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f/1.7 DG Vario-Summilux Roundup

Panasonic is pretty insistent that the Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f/1.7 DG Vario-Summilux is a sign of things to come for m43 and it’s health. Of course, some of the best lenses for 43 were released just before m43 overtook and killed the format so we will have to see how Panasonic’s transition into Full Frame affects m43, but some new bodies would have helped. I’m reluctantly optimistic that m43 will live on among a nitch group since the format has a lot of advantages, but Panasonic speaking with words instead of actions isn’t a good sign.

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