updated 05:00 pm EDT, Wed September 24, 2008
Kodak sensors in cameras
At the currently ongoing Photokina show, three professional medium format digital SLR camera manufacturers revealed newly released products that utilize current and new Kodak CCD image sensors. The newly-unveiled Leica S2 uses Kodak's KAF-37500 image sensor, which is good for 37.5-megapixel resolution. The sensor introduces a new format that is 50 percent larger than conventional 35mm film thanks to its imaging area of 45mm x 30mm. The KAF-37500 uses micro lenses to increase its light sensitivity, while a built-it infrared filter is integrated into the sensor, allowing the camera to be physically thinner.
The second all-new camera to use a Kodak sensor introduced at Photokina was the fourth-generation medium-format shooter from Hasselblad, the H3DII-50. The Kodak sensor, the 50-megapixel KAF-50100, is twice the physical size of the biggest 35mm DSLR sensor, and sets a new standard in the 48mm x 36mm optical format used in medium-format photography.
Both the KAF-37500 and KAF-50100 sensors are built on Kodak's latest TrueSense 6.0-micron Full Frame CCD platform for professional cameras. The fourth-generation sensor increases resolution and performance with smaller pixels and faster response time and frame rate. It also improves color fidelity.
The final new release with a Kodak sensor is the Sinar HY6-65, which uses Kodak's KAF-31600 with 31.6-megapixel resolution. The 44mm x 33mm sensor brings with it high sensitivity to light, a wide dynamic range and above average color fidelity.
Leica S2 with Kodak KAF-37500 CCD sensor
Hasselblad H3DII-50 with Kodak KAF-50100 CCD sensor
Sinar HY6-65 with Kodak KAF-31600 CCD sensor