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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:57 am 
I could not find an official press release on Kodak's web site so i'm posting this link to the story: http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1181811769.html.

They modified the traditional RGB (Bayer) filter by introducing "clear" (panchromatic) pixels (there are for now 3 different patterns). The result - a gain of up to 2 stops! I wouldn't mind for my D40 to have an ISO 6400 with the same image quality it has now at ISO 1600 :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:08 am 
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Sounds promising, but will it stop Sony's dominance in supplying sensors to most of the industry? Foveon's sensor was (and still is) fantastic, but hardly anyone ended up using it...

It is about time the industry stopped sacrificing noise for resolution though - the sensor manufacturers simply have to find new ways to make their sensors more, well, sensitive!

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Gordon Laing wrote:
Sounds promising, but will it stop Sony's dominance in supplying sensors to most of the industry?

I'm not sure that's what Kodak is looking for... they would probably be very happy to license the technology and earn a buck or two for every camera made by anybody with the new color filters :wink:

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Foveon's sensor was (and still is) fantastic, but hardly anyone ended up using it...

From what I've read and seen the new sensor in the SD14 is a clear improvement over the previous one, but still has some issues. Or is it the surrounding electronics used by Sigma? Are you planning to review the SD14?

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Hi Darrin, I'm certainly intrigued by the SD14, but like the Fujifilm S5 Pro, both are cameras with limited demand compared to the bigger models. The question as always is with limited resources, which products do you review?

If there's sufficient demand for an SD14 and S5 Pro review, then I'll look into them. Although I could always do a mini test of the sensor capabilities...

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I think the technology's ideal environment will prove to be compacts and cam-phones. Ideal at parties.

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I was under the impression that Sigma had an exclusive arrangement with Foveon and that the Foveon sensor wasn't available to other manufacturers.


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