Panasonic announces 8k video camera with ‘organic’ image sensor




Panasonic in Japan has announced a camcorder that has an organic sensor with an 8k resolution. This image sensor is a CMOS sensor with a layer of organic material, which should benefit the performance in low light and the dynamic range.

Panasonic reports that the 8k camera system should be released in the autumn of 2019. It concerns two parts, the video camera with the name AK-SHB810 and an associated cabinet that is connected to a fiber optic cable and serves as an image processing unit. This separate image processing unit means that the camera will in principle not be able to process internal 8k images. The camera system also has a global shutter and an electronic nd filter.

In a regular cmos sensor, a photodiode in the silicon substrate ensures the conversion of the photons to electricity, but the organic sensor from Panasonic and Fujifilm has a separate layer for this. This should ensure a relatively high light sensitivity of the sensor and an increased dynamic range.

The development of this organic sensor has been going on for a number of years. In 2013 Fujifilm and Panasonic announced the development of this type of sensor and in February 2018 the sensor was presented. Then Panasonic reported that the sensor basically allows 8k resolutions at 60 frames per second, but it is not clear whether that also applies to the new camera system. Panasonic has not announced a price yet.


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