Panasonic Annouces “Micro Color Splitters” – Add Fast and Furious Technology to Their Sensors

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A couple days ago in an article entitled “Full Frame vs APS-C and Micro 4/3 – Does Size Really Matter?,” I laid out the argument that what matters most is not the size of the sensor, but how well it performs (and the technology that goes into it).  To illustrate my point, I used the analogy of the “Fast and the Furious” movies where, like in the video above (courtesy of MovieClips), you see the main characters racing in little 4 cylinder cars against big, 8 cylinder “muscle” cars.  The little cars should be completely outclassed.  But then Paul Walker hits the NOS button and his car gets a huge boost that allows him to win the race.  Technology 1 – Conventional Wisdom 0…

I still contend that most of the major advancements in imaging technology over the last few years has been developed for the smaller sensors of mirrorless cameras, and now Panasonic are “hitting the spray” with some new advanced sensor technology called “Micro Color Splitters.”

According to a news release on Panasonic’s website…

Micro Color Splitters “separate the light that falls on image sensors by exploiting light’s wavelike properties. Applying them to actual image sensors allows bright color images to be achieved even under low-light conditions. This development makes color filters unnecessary by using the micro color splitters that control the diffraction1 of light at a microscopic level. Panasonic has achieved approximately double the color sensitivity in comparison with conventional sensors that use color filters.”  (See diagram and sample photos below)

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Translation…  A sensor equipped with micro color splitter technology has the potential to work twice as well in low light as a conventional sensor.  Is that enough NOS for you?

Mirrorless camera sensors have made major strides in low light situations over the last few years, and many perform brilliantly at high ISO.  The results in the sample image are impressive to say the least, and this is only going to get better as the technology continues to advance.  Stay Tuned…

(Read full press release on Panasonic’s Website)


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