Panasonic has made an 8K global shutter CMOS sensor capable of 60fps

Feb 19, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Panasonic has made an 8K global shutter CMOS sensor capable of 60fps

Feb 19, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, it seems that Sony isn’t the only one with a global shutter CMOS announcement of late. According to a press release, Panasonic has also just announced a new global shutter CMOS sensor. This one, though, is capable of shooting up to 60 frames per second at 8K (36MP) resolution. Unlike Sony, which utilises a rear illuminated design with parallel DA converter, Panasonic’s uses an organic photoconductive film (OPF) to allow simultaneous readout of all the pixels on each frame.

Aimed squarely at video shooters, rather than stills, the new Panasonic 8K sensor features a built-in Neutral Density function. All that’s needed to adjust it is to control the voltage, allowing for stepless control up to 5 stops of ND stopping ability.

According to Panasonic, the new 8K sensor features a wide dynamic range, despite the fact that dynamic range is often sacrificed in global shutter designs. Panasonic says they own 135 Japanese patents, and 83 more patents throughout the rest of the world related to this technology. So, it’s clear that they’ve been at this for a while now.

There’s no word on exactly which cameras this may be coming to. I doubt we’ll see it anytime soon in new GH models. Chances are, though it may start popping up in Panasonic’s range of cinema cameras as they start to reach end of life and replacement models are announced.

You can read more about Panasonic’s new sensor tech on the Panasonic News website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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