General and News Fri, 16 Mar 18 22:33:43 -0600 General and News en-CA Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other companies interviews Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:28:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12024@/talks/discussions In Japanese (use google to translate)

Adobe Creative Cloud Price will jump Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:48:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19190@/talks/discussions

The price of Creative Cloud will increase on April 16, 2018. However, your price will not change until your next renewal date. Please note that this is the first time in over five years that we’ve raised the base price of Creative Cloud.

The price of Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps will change to US$52.99/month on your renewal date. A reminder email will be sent to you as your renewal date gets closer.

Prices adjustment will take effect for customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico on April 16, 2018 or at existing customers’ next contract renewal. Beginning April 16, new subscribers will benefit from the current pricing and can lock in a year subscription at no additional charge. Prices will vary by plans—for example, Creative Cloud for Individuals All App annual plans will experience a 6% increase to $52.99 per month from $49.99 per month. These pricing updates do not impact our Student/Education, Creative Cloud Photography, XD or Acrobat CC plans.

NAB 2018 Exhibition and free pass Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:13:18 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18605@/talks/discussions image

Use code COMEBACK for free Exhibits Pass.

Canon mad day: Want to reach 50% market share of all advanced cameras Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:51:57 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19191@/talks/discussions


For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth. This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market.

18 Megapixel OLED small displays coming Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:31:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19194@/talks/discussions

3.2 - An 18 Megapixel 4.3” 1443 ppi 120 Hz OLED Display for Wide Field of View High Acuity Head Mounted Displays (11:30 AM - 11:50 AM)

The world’s highest resolution (18 megapixel, 1443 ppi) OLED-on-glass display was developed. White OLED with color filter structure was used for high-density pixelization, and an n-type LTPS backplane was chosen for higher electron mobility compared to mobile phone displays. A custom high bandwidth driver IC was fabricated. Foveated driving logic for VR and AR applications was implemented.

Carlin Vieri, Grace Lee, Nikhil Balram Google LLC Mountain View CA US

Sang Jung, Joon Yang, Soo Yoon, In Kang LG Display Co., Ltd. Seoul South Korea


Sony: FF mirrorless will be made by Canon and Nikon soon Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:42:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19189@/talks/discussions

This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think [by then] they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think.

Cameras and lenses cut in half Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:08:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 429@/talks/discussions



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NAB Show Shanghai 2018 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:27:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19165@/talks/discussions image

The Photography Show 2018, UK Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:20:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18856@/talks/discussions image

  • 17-20 March
  • The Nec, Birmingham
  • Tickets - 13 pounds without cade
  • Discount codes for registration - 3 pounds off with EZPTPS18, RPSTPS18 or SPKTPS18 codes
PV Interview with Panasonic at CP++ 2018 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:27:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19108@/talks/discussions Interview with Panasonic managers at CP++ 2018, Tokyo, Japan

March 1. 2018

Questions asked by:

Todd Mellon Japan PV Team

Your questions answered by:

Michiharu Uematsu (Panasonic Technical Consultant)
Masanori Kouyama (Panasonic Assistant Chief of DSC Product Planning)
Tetsuji Kamio (Panasonic GH line development team)

Question - Don't you think that cameras kind of stuck in the Apple II era (in stone age, in other words)? As you go from one camera manufacturer to another you need to learn new OS, new structure of menus, sometimes new specific terms even. I am not talking about mounts here, but it is also related to Apple II era as different computers had different expansion slots :-)

Answer - It’s an interesting observation. But we don’t expect changes in this soon.

Q - To extend previous question. Don't you think that for present time cameras are still really dumb? May be it is related to the fact that it is very relatively small teams of developers are working on camera software?

AWe have to differentiate from many manufacturers. We are trying to make our best. Others also. We do not think we reached our limits yet.

Q - GH cameras price is rising with each new model, especially GH5s. Lot of people who stopped updating at the GH2 and GH3 times ask if Panasonic will address the video focused amateurs in GH line. Or it is now G line that is made for them?

A - G series are also actively used by filmmakers and now they offer better image quality than earlier GH series.
Actually, what functions you want to be present additionally in G series? Please tell us.

Q - Any chance of GH5 / GH5s specifications ever appearing in an m43 video camera form factor (a la AF100 lineup)?

A - This is difficult to say

Q - Lot of members ask about cheap video oriented fixed aperture lenses with linear focusing like 12-60 F4 or 50-200 F4, for example. It seems like it is one of the few remaining niches in m43 lenses line-up, don't you think?

A - Thanks for the request, we will look into it.

Q - Is 48 frames per second still planned for the gh5 and gh5s cameras?

A - This may be a compatibility issue with 4k

Q - Any plans to enable option for control for aperture/ shutter via USB. So devices like Promote that work with the gh4 can work with the GH5?

A - We have no plan, but it would be interesting to do if we have enough requests

Q - Any plans to for an "untouched" picture profile? One that will completely disable noise reduction (especially temporal noise reduction), Sharpening, and any additional processing.

A - This is an interesting idea.

Q - Will future firmware updates increase the differences between the GH5 and GH5s? But, as Panasonic continue to improve these cameras, will there be other features that one camera gets and the other doesn't?

A - Of course each camera has it’s features. IS sensitivity, etc. There will be updates, and maybe some overlap, but each will remain individual.

Q - One member really wished that G85 could have gotten anything higher than 60fps, even if I had to drop down to 720p resolution. Is it possible or it is also hardware limit?

A - Although there is no plan to do this, it is possible to do and unlikely to be a hardware limit.

Q - Another question considering G85, any plans adding V-log modes via future firmware update?

A - There are no plans.

Q - Do you think that double card slots will become standard feature for all cameras on the market above certain level?

AWe are not sure.

Q - What do you think about users critique considering protruding strap lugs on some Panasonic m43 cameras?

A- It’s interesting. Most seem to not mind, but we have heard this from some users, and we are considering other options.

Q - Whether we will see the multi-aspect sensor on all future cameras?

A - It depends on the camera’s sensor. We know people like this function, and some of us do too. Sensors cost money. Common sense is a factor.

Q - Is Panasonic planning to further improve color science in the full range of the camera lineup?

A - HDR mode has 2020 color space in intelligent mode, we feel it is enough.

Q - GH5s in manual video mode does not support both auto ISO and AF lock at same time, so user can lock/unlock ISO with one touch.Is it possible to add?

A- If we understand the question correctly, in our opinion, nearly the same function can be done with AE mode. Do you mean to lock and unlock both simultaneously?

Q - Can and will DCI Cinema 4k 60fps be added to the Original GH5?

AHeat would likely be an issue.

Q - Multiple members want, if possible to try adding some raw video modes to GH5 and GH5s, even if it will be sensor crop or other limits. Is it possible or hardware here is the limit?

A - Officially we are unsure, but it is likely a heat issue as well.

Q - All last years in video oriented mirrorless market it was move to higher bitrates. No one followed Samsung with their move to more efficient HEVC codec and lower bitrate (and price for their last NX model still keep rising on used market). No one offering 10bit and 12bit HEVC video options. Do you expect it to change (not talking about Panasonic plans, but as general market approach)?

A - We have to consider compatibility first. BlackMagic Davinci and other editors have HEVC support already. But it is still rare.

Q - Can cameras become sold as part hardware and part service, especially low end cameras? I mean here that you will pay for subscription to advanced cloud based artificial intelligence that will help you with framing, exposure, lighting? Is it possible?

A - We cannot answer to this question as this is business strategy matter.

Post your questions to Panasonic m43 engineers Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:54:13 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19054@/talks/discussions You can post in this topic questions and we'll ask best of them during CP++ Interview.

Note - do not post any questions about any specific future plans or future cameras, as it is waste of time.

Samsung's Stacked ISOCELL Image Sensor Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:09:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19100@/talks/discussions

The new 3-stack ISOCELL Fast 2L3 with integrated DRAM supports super-slow motion, low-light shooting, real-time HDR imaging, while minimizing picture distortion Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced the newest addition to its ISOCELL image sensor family, the 3-stack ISOCELL Fast 2L3. The 1.4-micrometer (μm) 12-megapixel (Mp) image sensor with integrated dynamic random access memory (DRAM) delivers fast data readout speeds to capture both rapid movements in super-slow motion and sharper still photographs with less noise and distortion.


“Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensors have made great leaps over the generations, with technologies such as ISOCELL for high color fidelity and Dual Pixel for ultra-fast autofocusing, bringing the smartphone camera ever closer to DSLR-grade photography,” said Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With an added DRAM layer, Samsung’s new 3-stack ISOCELL Fast 2L3 will enable users to create more unique and mesmerizing content.”


Conventional image sensors are constructed with two silicon layers; a pixel array layer that converts light information into an electric signal, and an analog logic layer that processes the electric signal into digital code. The digital code is then sent via MIPI interface to the device’s mobile processor for further image tuning before being saved to the device’s DRAM. While all these steps are done instantaneously to implement features like zero-shutter lag, capturing smooth super-slow-motion video requires image readouts at a much higher rate.

Delivering an advanced solution, the Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L3 is a high speed 3-stack CMOS image sensor designed with the company’s two-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 DRAM attached below the analog logic layer. With the integration, the image sensor can temporarily store a larger number of frames taken in high speed quickly onto the sensor’s DRAM layer before sending frames out to the mobile processor and then to the device’s DRAM. This not only allows the sensor to capture a full-frame snapshot at 1/120 of a second but also to record super-slow motion video at up to 960 frames per second (fps). With 960fps recording, which is 32 times the typical filming speed (30fps), recording moments such as a child hitting his or her first game-winning homerun, a baby taking his or her first step, or a friend doing a gazelle flip on a skateboard becomes much more dramatic.

In addition to super slow motion video, fast readout can hugely enhance the photography experience. Since the sensor captures an image at very high speeds, it significantly reduces the ‘jello-effect,’ or image distortion, when taking a picture of fast-moving objects, for example helicopter rotor blades. By storing multiple frames in the split of a second, the sensor can support 3-Dimensional Noise Reduction (3DNR) for clearer pictures when shooting in low-light, as well as real time high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging, and detect even the slightest hint of movement for automatic instant slow-motion recording.

The image sensor is also equipped with Dual Pixel technology, which allows each and every one of the 12-million pixels of the image sensor to employ two photodiodes that respectively work as a phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) agent. With ultra-fast auto-focus in any lighting condition, it will be harder to miss capturing important moments before they pass by.

The Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L3 is currently in mass production.

CyberLink also feeling worse Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:38:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19105@/talks/discussions

Multimedia software developer CyberLink released its 2017 financial report, posting net EPS of NT$2.72 (US$0.09) - lowest-ever annual level.

CyberLink's 2017 consolidated revenues reached NT$1.704 billion, dropping 10.11% on year, with gross margin of 88.35% (up 1.81pp), net operating profit of NT$589 million (down 20.06%), and net profit of NT$242 million (down 20.41%).

CyberLink bought back 2.999 million shares at an average unit price of NT$66 as treasury stock in early February.

Not so bad, but not too good either.

Avid Technology Terminated CEO Louis Hernandez Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:13:49 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19097@/talks/discussions

Avid Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ: AVID) ("Avid" or "The Company"), a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution and monetization of media assets for global media organizations, enterprise users and individual creative professionals, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has appointed Jeff Rosica as Chief Executive Officer of Avid, effective immediately. The Company's Board of Directors has terminated the employment of Louis Hernandez, Jr., former Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, due to violations of Company policies related to workplace conduct. Mr. Hernandez has also resigned from his position on the Avid Board of Directors and Nancy Hawthorne has been elected Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Rosica, who joined Avid in early 2013, is a well-known industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience in broadcast, media and entertainment. Prior to his role as President, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the Company.

Nancy Hawthorne, Chairman of the Avid Board of Directors, said, "Jeff's deep experience as an industry expert coupled with his impressive knowledge of Avid's business and strategy make him the natural choice to lead the Company."

Jeff Rosica, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid, said, "I am honored and excited for this opportunity to lead Avid through this important moment in the Company's history. The outlook for Avid is strong, and I look forward to working with the leadership team, the Board and our incredibly talented employees as we execute on our strategic priorities and continue our journey to be a best-in-class company and leader in our industry."

With the assistance of independent external legal counsel, a Special Committee comprising independent members of the Board of Directors conducted a thorough investigation into allegations of improper non-financially related workplace conduct by Mr. Hernandez. After reviewing the findings of the Special Committee's investigation, the Board of Directors unanimously concluded that the findings warranted immediate termination of Mr. Hernandez's employment.

Ms. Hawthorne continued, "The Board is committed to the Company's core values and to upholding an environment of the utmost respect and integrity. We remain confident in the strategy and the long-term business plan of the Company."

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information provided in this press release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements about our anticipated plans, expectations, results and strategy. Other forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements based upon or otherwise incorporating judgments relating to future performance such as future operating results and expenses. The projected future results of operations, long-term business plans and strategic outcomes and the other forward-looking statements in this release are based on current expectations as of the date of this release and subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including but not limited to the effect on our sales, operations and financial performance resulting from: our liquidity; our ability to execute our strategic plan, including cost savings initiatives, and meet customer needs; our ability to retain and hire key personnel; our ability to produce innovative products in response to changing market demand, particularly in the media industry; our ability to successfully accomplish our product development plans; competitive factors; history of losses; fluctuations in our revenue, based on, among other things, our performance and risks in particular geographies or markets; our higher indebtedness and ability to service it and meet the obligations thereunder; restrictions in our credit facilities; our move to a subscription model and related effect on our revenues and ability to predict future revenues; elongated sales cycles; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; seasonal factors; adverse changes in economic conditions; variances in our revenue backlog and the realization thereof; the identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting; and the possibility of legal proceedings adverse to our company. Moreover, the business may be adversely affected by future legislative, regulatory or changes, including tax law changes, as well as other economic, business and/or competitive factors. The risks included above are not exhaustive.

About Avid

Through Avid Everywhere®, Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid's preeminent customer community uses Avid's comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world---from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid's industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, Avid FastServe™, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

SIGMA launches seven Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount Wed, 28 Feb 2018 04:17:18 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19096@/talks/discussions

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of interchangeable lenses for the Sony E-mount digital camera series with full-frame image sensors. SIGMA will gradually introduce the lenses as members of the Art line, which offers photographers the highest level of optical performance.


While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony's Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. Like the converter MC-11, the lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion.

The lineup will include the Art line set of seven prime lenses covering 14mm to 135mm. It will also include two models that SIGMA will be exhibiting at CP+ 2018: 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art and 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art (launch date TBD). Further, SIGMA plans to introduce additional Sony E-mount models in the Art line going forward.

Note: This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Key features

  1. Autofocus tuned for each lens
    Thanks to an autofocus drive control program tuned for each lens and high-speed data transmission, the lenses will offer high-speed autofocus at the same performance level as that of a lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. In particular, in E-mount cameras offering Sony's Fast Hybrid AF, AF-C mode will deliver exceptional subject following performance. Moreover, autofocus will remain extremely precise even in those E-mount cameras offering only contrast AF.
  2. Compatible with in-camera image stabilization
    The lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization. The Sony E-mount camera senses the focal length of the lens and automatically optimizes image stabilization performance.
  3. Data loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction The lenses will be fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.
  4. Native mount for a more rigid and stable feel Making the mount native to the lens makes possible a more rigid and stable feel to the lens. Featuring a special surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.
  5. Available Mount Conversion Service This service converts the mount of SIGMA lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.

Note 1: The Mount Conversion Service is different from a normal repair. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.
Note 2: This service is performed exclusively by SIGMA.

Product lineup

  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
  • SIGMA 70mm F2.8DG MACRO | Art (CP+ 2018 exhibit)
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
  • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art (CP+ 2018 exhibit)
    Launch date: TBD. Include case, hood, and tripod socket
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
    Launch date: TBD. Includes case and hood
WPPI 2018 Exhibition in Vegas Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:02:57 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19011@/talks/discussions image

X-Rite renamed ColorMunki Photo to i1Studio Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:29:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18063@/talks/discussions image

Affordable 8K LCD TVs to come this year, will use AUO panels Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:30:55 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19068@/talks/discussions

AU Optronics (AUO) will begin to ship 8K TV panels in sizes ranging from 65- to 85-inch in the first half of 2018 according to Liao Wei-lun, president of AUO's video products business group.

Shipments of TV panels in 65-inch and above sizes will be a major focus of AUO as global sales of 65- and 70-inch TVs and display products are expected to grow 40% and 50% on year, respectively, in 2018, Liao reasoned.

The penetration rate of 65-inch and above sizes of 8K TVs will start gaining momentum in 2018 and reach 10% in 2020, Liao said, adding that AUO will begin volume production of 8K TV panels soon to cash in on the emerging trend.

Demand for 4K TV panels will also remain strong in 2018 as the penetration of 4K TVs is expected to hike to over 40% in 2018, from 30% a year earlier, with 4K displays becoming a standard for 50-inch and larger TV products in the year, Liao added.

Good news.

Few companies join Micro Four Thirds standards group Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:57 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19067@/talks/discussions
  • Chinese state-owned company GKUVISION, they make surveillance cameras, including ones with 4K / 120fps
  • Darfa, they also make surveillance cameras
  • Our good friends from SLR Magic, they make lenses and accessories for movies and photographs
  • Chinese Optical maker DZO
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    New Panasonic 8K organic global shutter sensor (next GH6 core?) Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:29:00 -0700 paglez 19006@/talks/discussions

    Panasonic Develops Industry’s-First 8K High-Resolution, High-Performance Global Shutter Technology using Organic-Photoconductive-Film CMOS Image Sensor

    Osaka Japan, - Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has developed a new technology which realizes 8K high-resolution (36M pixels), 60fps framerate, 450k high-saturation electrons and global shutter [1] imaging with sensitivity modulation function simultaneously, using a CMOS image sensor with an organic photoconductive film (OPF). In this OPF CMOS image sensor, the photoelectric-conversion part and the circuit part are independent. By utilizing this OPF CMOS image sensor's unique structure, we have been able to newly develop and incorporate high-speed noise cancellation technology and high saturation technology in the circuit part. And, by using this OPF CMOS image sensor's unique sensitivity control function to vary the voltage applied to the OPF, we realize global shutter function. The technology that simultaneously achieves these performances is the industry's first*1.

    With the technology, it is possible to capture images at 8K resolution, even in high contrast scenes, such as a field under strong sunlight and shaded spectator seats under a stadium roof. Moreover, by utilizing the global shutter function that enables simultaneous image capture by all pixels, it is expected to be able to capture moving objects instantaneously without distortion, be utilized for multi viewpoint cameras (performing multi-view synchronized imaging using plural cameras) and used in fields requiring high-speed and high-resolution, such as machine vision and ITS monitoring. In addition, conventionally, even in scenes where it was necessary to utilize different ND filters [2] according to capturing conditions, the technology realizes a new electronically-controlled variable ND filter function which enables stepless adjustment of the OPF sensitivity [3] merely by controlling the voltage applied to the OPF.

    The new technology has the following advantages.

    1. 8K resolution, 60fps framerate, 450k saturation electrons and global shutter function are realized simultaneously.
    2. Switching between high sensitivity mode and high saturation mode is possible using gain switching function.
    3. The ND filter function can be realized steplessly by controlling the voltage applied to the OPF.

    This Development is based on the following technologies

    1. "OPF CMOS image sensor design technology", in that, the photoelectric-conversion part and the circuit part can be designed independently.
    2. "In-pixel capacitive coupled noise cancellation technique" which can suppress pixel reset noise at high speed even at high resolution
    3. "In-pixel gain switching technology" that can achieve high saturation characteristics
    4. "Voltage controlled sensitivity modulation technology" that can adjust the sensitivity by changing the voltage applied to the OPF.

    Panasonic holds 135 Japanese patents and 83 overseas patents (including pending) related to this technology.

    Panasonic will present some of these technologies at the international academic conference: ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuit Conference) 2018 which will be held in San Francisco on February 11 - 15, 2018.

    More on the Technology

    "OPF CMOS image sensor design technology", in that, the photoelectric-conversion part and the circuit part can be designed independently.

    The OPF CMOS image sensor has a unique structure, in which, the OPF performs a photoelectric conversion and the circuit area performs charge storage and signal readout functions completely independently. Using this OPF CMOS image sensor structure, we developed high-speed noise cancellation technology and high saturation technology in the circuit area which has a large available space. As a result, it is possible to realize simultaneously 8K resolution, 60fps framerate readout, wide dynamic range [4] (by achieving a high saturation level) and global shutter function, which are normally traded off.

    "In-pixel capacitive coupled noise cancellation technique" which can suppress pixel reset noise at high speed even at high resolution

    Because the OPF CMOS image sensor has a structure in which the OPF and the charge storage part are connected by metal plugs, accumulated charges cannot be completely read out. Therefore, there is a problem that it is affected by reset noise at the time of resetting the pixel (signal charge storage node). And, in a high-resolution sensor, such as an 8K sensor, it is necessary to drive large loads exceeding 4000 pixels aligned in the vertical direction at the same time as the time of noise cancellation, and therefore, the long time it takes to suppress noise is a problem. So, we developed a new structure that cancels pixel reset noise at high speed, even when high resolution pixels have to be driven, by using Panasonic's original semiconductor device technology and the newly developed "in-pixel capacitive coupled noise canceller". In this structure, the reset noise is suppressed at high speed by using the negative feedback loop provided for each pixel.

    "In-pixel gain switching technology" that can achieve high saturation characteristics

    In the OPF CMOS image sensor, by incorporating a large capacitor in the circuit part with a large available area, it is possible to realize both high sensitivity mode and high saturation mode with the same pixel structure merely by switching modes from the camera system. In the high sensitivity mode, it is possible to capture data up to a light intensity of 4.5k electrons with high sensitivity. Furthermore, by switching to the high saturation mode, it is possible to capture data up to a light intensity of 450k electrons. In this way, since the high saturation mode can capture up to 10 times the high sensitivity mode, it is possible to clearly display the fine winding structure of the lamp filaments, in which bright part gradation cannot be expressed, because it becomes overexposure in high sensitivity mode, as shown in Fig. 3 (a). Even in a scene with high contrast, such as shown in Fig. 5, from the facial expression of the person in the shadow of the stadium roof to the blue sky and clouds during a mid-summer day, and such as shown in Fig. 6, from the dimly lit room to the sunny garden, it will be possible to capture brilliant images without overexposure or underexposure.

    "Voltage controlled sensitivity modulation technology" that can adjust the sensitivity by changing the voltage applied to the OPF.

    The OPF CMOS image sensor can change the sensitivity of the OPF simply by controlling the voltage applied to the OPF. By utilizing this function, we can realize the following functions which could not be realized with conventional silicon image sensors.

    Sensitivity Modulation Example 1: Global shutter function which can capture all pixels simultaneously at 8K resolution

    By controlling ON / OFF of the voltage applied to the OPF and controlling the sensitivity of the OPF, we realize the "global shutter function" capable of imaging all pixels at the same time, even driving a large number of pixels like the 8K sensor. By capturing with the global shutter function, as shown in Fig. 3 (b), the letters on the rotating body are read sharply without distortion. In addition, as shown in Fig. 7, even at the time of high speed moving object capturing, such as when driving on a highway or at industrial inspection, capturing without distortion becomes possible.

    In the conventional global shutter type silicon image sensor, it is necessary to add new elements such as transfer circuits and charge storage capacitors in order to accumulate charges simultaneously in all pixels. As a result, the area of the photodiode and that of the additional circuits must compete for space, there is a problem that the pixel size cannot be reduced and the amount of saturation electrons cannot be increased. On the other hand, in the OPF CMOS image sensor, since there is no need for additional elements, it is possible to realize small cell, high resolution sensors, and by incorporating large capacitors in the circuit part with a large available area, accurate imaging with no distortion from dark scenes to extremely bright scenes is possible. For example, as shown in Fig. 9, with the OPF CMOS image sensor, when buildings are photographed while panning [5] at high speed, even in scenes with high contrast like a bright sky and dark windows, it is possible to acquire image data maintaining all gradations of the whole area without distortion.

    Sensitivity Modulation Example 2: "Electrical ND Filter Technology" which can change sensitivity continuously and steplessly

    Conventionally it has been necessary to provide a plurality of ND filters according to photographing conditions and change them many times. On the other hand, in the OPF CMOS image sensor, merely by controlling the voltage applied to the OPF (VITO in Fig. 8) and changing the sensitivity of the OPF to the desired value, it is possible to electrically implement the ND filter function. By using this function, it becomes possible to simplify the photographic equipment and continuously, steplessly control the sensitivity which could not be realized with a conventional silicon sensor. Therefore, the possibility of capturing according to the scene is expanded.

    In the future, we will utilize this OPF CMOS image sensor technology in various applications such as broadcasting cameras, surveillance cameras, industrial inspection cameras, automotive cameras, etc., and will contribute to realize high resolution, high speed and high precision imaging and sensing functions.

    The low-budget bubble has well and truly burst Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:46:28 -0700 IronFilm 19015@/talks/discussions

    The low-budget bubble has well and truly burst

    In 2010, 63% of all films shot in the UK cost under half a million pounds. Just seven years later, that figure has plummeted to 34%.

    Vimeo soon to go out of video sharing business Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:53:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18972@/talks/discussions

    Supporting our community of creators is, and has always been, our top priority. As we invest in more tools to help our creators — and continue to be an ad-free service that relies on member support instead of ad revenue — we have to adjust what we offer for free (like storage, which, between transcoding and hosting, is pretty expensive).

    This is to let you know that starting January 29, we’re introducing a 5GB total storage limit for Basic members.

    Strong rumors are around that they are months from total collapse.

    Yet Vimeo can keep running for paid account as a way to sell your videos.

    New Sony sensors will have much more ADCs, thanks for stacking Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:42:31 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18995@/talks/discussions

    Sony Corporation today announced that it has developed a 1.46 effective megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor equipped with a Global Shutter function*1. The newly developed pixel-parallel analog-to-digital converters provide the function to instantly convert the analog signal from all pixels, simultaneously exposed, to a digital signal in parallel. This new technology was announced at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) on February 11, 2018 in San Francisco in the United States.


    CMOS image sensors using the conventional column A/D conversion method read out the photoelectrically converted analog signals from pixels row by row, which results in image distortion (focal plane distortion) caused by the time shift due to the row-by-row readout.

    The new Sony sensor comes with newly developed low-current, compact A/D converters positioned beneath each pixel. These A/D converters instantly convert the analog signal from all the simultaneously exposed pixels in parallel to a digital signal to temporarily store it in digital memory. This architecture eliminates focal plane distortion due to readout time shift, making it possible to provide a Global Shutter function1, an industry-first for a high-sensitivity back-illuminated CMOS sensor with pixel-parallel A/D Converter with more than one megapixel3.

    The inclusion of nearly 1,000 times as many A/D converters compared to the traditional column A/D conversion method2 means an increased demand for current. Sony addressed this issue by developing a compact 14-bit A/D converter which boasts the industry’s best performance4 in low-current operation.

    Both the A/D converter and digital memory spaces are secured in a stacked configuration with these elements integrated into the bottom chip. The connection between each pixel on the top chip uses Cu-Cu (copper-copper) connection*5, a technology that Sony put into mass production as a world-first in January 2016.

    In addition, a newly developed data transfer mechanism is implemented into the sensor to enable the high-speed massively parallel readout data required for the A/D conversion process.

    Main Features

    Global Shutter function achieved in a high-sensitivity back-illuminated CMOS image sensor by using the following key technologies: Low-current, compact pixel-parallel A/D converter. In order to curtail power consumption, the new converter uses comparators that operate with subthreshold currents, resulting in the industry’s best-performing4, low current, compact 14-bit A/D converter. This overcomes the issue of the increased demand for current due to the inclusion of nearly 1,000 times as many A/D converters in comparison with the traditional column A/D conversion method2.

    Cu-Cu (copper-copper) connection
    To achieve the parallel A/D conversion for all pixels, Sony has developed a technology which makes it possible to include approximately three million Cu-Cu (copper-copper) connections*5 in one sensor. The Cu-Cu connection provides electrical continuity between the pixel and logic substrate, while securing space for implementing as many as 1.46 million A/D converters, the same number as the effective megapixels, as well as the digital memory.

    High-speed data transfer construction
    Sony has developed a new readout circuit to support the massively parallel digital signal transfer required in the A/D conversion process using 1.46 million A/D converters, making it possible to read and write all the pixel signals at high speed.

    Mergers: Sound Devices has acquired Audio Ltd Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:43:37 -0700 IronFilm 19004@/talks/discussions

    Late last year Sound Devices became the North American distributor for Audio Ltd.

    Sound Rolling just uploaded about this:

    Canon - cry from the dying beast Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:26:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13675@/talks/discussions

    Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

    Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

    The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

    Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

    Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

    Foxconn to enter digital camera market Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:21:41 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18988@/talks/discussions

    Major iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, said on Sunday that it plans to team up with premium camera maker RED Digital Cinema to make professional-quality and affordable film cameras for the general public, while expanding into the manufacture of semiconductors for displays and cameras.

    Those moves come as the Taiwanese company is building facilities to make large-scale display panels in the U.S. and China. It is seeking new revenue sources to compensate for weakening smartphone demand. It wants to reduce its business dependence on Apple, which accounts for more than 50% of its sales. Foxconn assembles iPhone mobile phones and MacBook computers among other products for Apple, but profit margins are razor thin. The manufacture of more electronics equipment and components could improve the company's earnings.

    "We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes," Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou told reporters in Taipei following the company's annual employee party before the Chinese New Year. 8K ultra-high definition resolution has become the benchmark standard for digital television and cinematography.

    Gou said he is in talks with RED Digital Cinema, whose cameras are used in the filming of such hit films and TV shows as Transformers and Netflix's House of Cards, to form a joint venture or partnership to produce affordable cameras. A RED's 8K camera now sells for around $30,000.

    Foxconn's move is part of an effort to build a corporate ecosystem related to displays and videos. Gou said his company is basing its strategy on the display manufacturing facilities it already operates and its 2016 acquisition of Sharp's semiconductor business, which will be expanded this year.

    "Not only displays, Sharp controls important chip technologies for various image sensors that go into digital cameras and televisions. We will definitely make good use of them and make more of them," said Gou. "And we will make these [semiconductors] much more cheaply. That's our important goal and project for this year."