Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 preview
Canon's EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is a compact DSLR aimed at entry-level buyers. Available in three colours, it sports a 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for movie and live view focusing, a fully-articulated touchscreen with a guided interface, and Wifi with Bluetooth.
Yole Reports on Status of the CMOS Sensor Industry 2017
Yole Developpement publishes a report "Status of the CMOS Image Sensor Industry 2017." Few quotes from the report are below:"CMOS imaging has benefited from huge market demand and a technology-driven environment, resulting in an $11.6B industry in 2016.
Sony Integrates ToF-based Face Recognition in Xperia Smartphone
Techcrunch reports that Sony is to demo an integrated Softkinetic ToF camera inside Xperia smartphone paired with KeyLemon software for "3D face recognition system that could let users authenticate themselves with one photo." Softkinetic PR partially confirms this info.
e2v 2.8um GS Pixel & Sensor Presentation
e2v publishes a presentation of its new Emerald image sensor featuring 2.8um global shutter pixels.
Multi-Resolution Image Sensor Paper
MDPI Sensors starts publishing a Special Issue on Image Sensors.
Light Field Sensor on a Chip
Light Field Forum notices a recently published SK Hynix patent application US20170179180 "Light Field Imaging Device and Method for Fabricating the Same" by Jong Eun Kim proposing the integration of the whole light field system in the microlens stack:
Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 review so far
The XF 23mm f2 is a wide lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-Series. Delivering a 35mm equivalent field-of-view, it's an ideal general-purpose lens and perfect for street shooters. I've been comparing it against the XF 23mm f1.
Analog Devices Demos HDR & Contextual Awareness
Analog Devices posts another demo video showing the capabilities of its SNAP sensor:
2016 Gartner Image Sensor Report
InstantFlashNews publishes August 2016 Gartner report on image sensor market. A few quotes from the report:Key Findings:The growth in the biggest market for CMOS image sensors — smartphones — is ebbing.
IISW 2017 Awards
IISW 2017 held on May 30-June 2 in Hiroshima, Japan has announced a number of Awards:2017 Walter Kosonocky Award for the best paper published in 2015-16 goes to“A 0.
Samsung CIS Business Update
Samsung Investor Presentation gives interesting details on the company CIS business progress.
High-Speed Low-Noise Column ADC Architectures Thesis
Shizuoka University, Japan, publishes PhD Thesis "A Study on High-Speed Low-Noise Readout Architectures and Column A/D Converters for CMOS Image Sensors" by Tongxi Wang.
Technavio: Inspection Camera Market is Mostly UV
BusinessWire: Technavio report on automatic production inspection camera market forecasts the market size to reach $1,436.46 million by 2021, at a CAGR of nearly 10%.
Sofradir Designs Large Format MCT Imager for ESA
ALA News: Sofradir designs its first supersize 4MP SWIR sensor with 15um pitch for ESA space observation programs.
Camera-Radar Fusion
TI publishes a nice video showing a fusion between so different views from an automotive radar and a camera:
Analog Devices Demos SNAP Sensor
EDN publishes a July 2016 video interview with Analog Devices representative showing SNAP image sensing technology:
ULIS Increases its R&D Budget
ALA: ULIS announces significant increase in its R&D spending for 2017 to reach €15M ($16.8M). The company generated €61.5M ($69.3M) in sales in 2016, a rise of nearly 30% compared to 2015. The new level of R&D investment will represent 20% of its annual sales.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II preview
Canon's EOS 6D Mark II is an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR which upgrades the original 6D with a higher resolution 26MP sensor, improved autofocus, faster burst shooting, greater connectivity and an articulated touchscreen.
Samsung Presents ISOCELL Brand, Four Sub-Brands
Samsung presents its image sensor brand "ISOCELL". First introduced in 2013, ISOCELL technology separates each pixel with a physical barrier that reduces color crosstalk among pixels. This allows a better color fidelity even with smaller pixels.
Imatest on Challenges in Automotive Image Quality
Imatest publishes Norman Koren presentation "Challenges in Automotive Image Quality" presented in Autosens Detroit in May:
Omnivision Announces Dual Camera Set, Single Camera Sensors
PRNewswire: Omnivision's OV13A10 and OV13A1Q is a pair of 13MP stacked-die sensors with second-generation PureCel Plus 1.0um pixel. The new sensors are intended for 2x optical zoom to front- and rear-facing cameras in mainstream smartphones.
Nikon 28mm f1.4E review
The Nikon 28mm f1.4E is a medium wide lens corrected for full-frame DSLRs. It fills a gap between the existing 24mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 lenses in the Nikon lineup, and features high-end optics, tough build quality and a price to match.
New Sony Products
Sony presents 4/3-inch 10.71MP IMX294CJK image sensor for 4K 120fps video and security applications. Thanks to the 4.63 µm large pixel achieves SNR1s of 0.14 lx, and use of a Quad Bayer pixel structure (see Figure 1) is claimed to realize an HDR with no time difference artifacts.
Tesla Autopilot Management Changes
Techcrunch: Tesla gets rid of Apple Swift language manager Chris Lattner who was brought to the company 6 months ago to lead the autonomous driving division. The company says:"Chris just wasn’t the right fit for Tesla, and we’ve decided to make a change. We wish him the best.
Thesis on Open-Source Eye Tracking Database
Presenting PhD thesis for discussion a week before the defense seems to become a new trend in Finland. University of Eastern Finland presents PhD Thesis by Ana Gebejes entitled "Spectral video: application in human eye analysis and tracking" to be defended on June 30, 2017.
TechInsights Survey of Stacked Image Sensors
TechInsights publishes a second blog post based on Ray Fontaine presentation at IISW 2017.
Sony Enhances IR Sensitivity by 80% with Pyramidal Structure
Sony publishes an open access paper in Nature Journal "IR sensitivity enhancement of CMOS Image Sensor with diffractive light trapping pixels" by Sozo Yokogawa, Itaru Oshiyama, Harumi Ikeda, Yoshiki Ebiko, Tomoyuki Hirano, Suguru Saito, Takashi Oinoue, Yoshiya Hagimoto & Hayato Iwamoto.
Olympus TOUGH TG5 review
The TOUGH TG5 is a high quality waterproof camera from Olympus that's designed for rugged photography. Waterproof to 15m, freezeproof to -10c, and sealed from dust and sand, you can take it anywhere.
KAIST “K-Eye” Recognizes Faces
KAIST research team led by Prof. Hoi-Jun Yoo developes CNNP chip (CNN Processor), that runs AI algorithms with ultra-low power, and K-Eye, a face recognition system using CNNP. The system was made in collaboration with a start-up company, UX Factory.
Presto Sees $500M Opprotunity in CIS Production Management
BusinessWire: Presto Engineering, an outsourced operations provider to semiconductor device manufacturers, now offers a turnkey industrialization service for image sensors.Larger-volume CIS vendors typically keep their manufacturing operations in-house.
CIS History
Semiconductor Engineering publishes "CMOS Image Sensors (CIS): Past, Present & Future" article by Sofiane Guissi, staff engineer at Coventor. Among other historical comparisons and tables, there is one from www.3DIC.
Omnivision 1/36-inch Sensor Pictures
Omnivision kindly sent me few pictures showing how small the new 1/36-inch OV6948 image sensor is:
THine Mass Produces 15m MIPI Extender
BusinessWire: THine has started, from June 2017, mass-production and delivery of THCV241-Q MIPI extender which makes it possible to transmit image data up to 15m by converting MIPI CSI-2 interface to V-by-One HS interface.
Sony Dual Conversion Gain Pixel Layout
Sony patent application US20170148832 "Solid-state image pickup device and method of driving the same" by Kazuyoshi Yamashita reveals the company's dual CG BSI pixel layout:
Howard Rhodes Passed Away
Omnivision CTO Howard Rhodes died from cancer on June 24, 2017 in a NY hospital. The company says in an email message:“We are incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Howard E. Rhodes. Part of OmniVision’s leadership team since 2005, Dr.
IC Insights Forecasts Nonstop Image Sensor Sales Records Through 2021
IC Insights report says "CMOS image sensor sales are on pace to reach a seventh straight record high this year and nothing ahead should stop this semiconductor product category from breaking more annual records through 2021.After rising 9% in 2017 to about $11.
Thrown Camera Imaging
Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory of Tokyo University shows how throwing a high-speed camera up can be useful to create images from unique points of view:
Fujifilm XF 50mm f2 review so far
The XF 50mm f2 is a short telephoto prime lens for Fujifilm's mirrorless X-series. Delivering a 75mm equivalent field-of-view, it's perfect for portraits with blurred backgrounds or tighter urban and landscape views. I've been comparing it against the XF 56mm f1.
Two Recent Theses
University of Michigan publishes PhD thesis "CMOS Sensors for Time-Resolved Active Imaging" by Jihyun Cho.
Light Talks about L16 Camera Complexity while Gearing up for Mass Production
Light Co. is gearing up for mass production of the L16 multi-camera. There are more than 3,000 different parts in the L16 camera, which are supplied from at least six different countries around the world. Once they arrive at our factory in China, it takes 60 sets of hands to assemble each camera.
Dual Camera Patent Wars Looming?
Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based camera module Altek is suing Shenzhen O-film Tech, and Beijing Jingdong Century Information Technology, a sales agent in the China market, in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court for infringement of its dual camera module patent.
Caltech Presents OPA Camera
Caltech Professor Ali Hajimiri with graduate students present Optical Phase Array (OPA)-based camera: "What the camera does is similar to looking through a thin straw and scanning it across the field of view.
Solar Eclipse Photography
A Total Solar Eclipse is one of nature's most spectacular sights: as the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun it gradually obscures the disc until the faint wispy Coronal atmosphere is revealed! I've photographed two Total Solar Eclipses and in my guide will explain everything I've learned!… ...
Intel RealSense CTO Presentation
Augmented World Expo (AWE) publishes a presentation by Intel RealSense group CTO, Anders Grunnet Jepsen:One of the new RealSense depth camerasThanks to ZR for the link!
Plasmonic Filters Found in Mass Produced Device
SystemPlus reverse engineering of NanoLambda NSP32-V1 spectrometer discovers plasmonic filters inside:"The NSP32-V1 spectrometer uses a 1024 pixel, 32 x 32, nano-optical filter array to measure the light spectrum, based on a technological breakthrough, the plasmonic filter.
TechInsights Surveys PDAF Technologies
TechInsights starts a new blog post series "A Survey of Enabling Technologies in Successful Consumer Digital Imaging Products" based on Ray Fontaine's presentation at IISW 2017.
Melexis Integrates ToF System onto 2 Chips
Melexis new ToF chipset includes the MLX75023 1/3-inch ToF sensor and the MLX75123 companion IC that embeds many of the external components normally required to develop a 3D vision solution.
Camera-Radar Fusion
TI publishes a nice video showing a fusion between so different views from an automotive radar and a camera:
More Quad Camera Phones from China
Dual fron and dual rear camera combos appear in more and more low-end camera phones in China. DeviceSpecifications reports that the new Oukitel U22 features 13MP+2MP rear cameras and 8MP+2MP front cameras.
OmniVision Introduces 1/36-inch Imager
PRNewswire: OmniVision introduces the OV6948, one of the world's smallest commercially available image sensors.