Curved image sensor still in development, mimics human eye
Sony has shown off a new style of camera sensor for the first time, one that has a curved surface. The unnamed curved CMOS sensor is said to offer a number of benefits when compared to normal, flat sensors used in modern cameras, with engineers claiming it to be 1.4 times more sensitive to light than flat equivalents at the center of the sensor, and twice as sensitive at the edges.
Forest recorded in near-total darkness
Canon has released a promotional video shot using one of the company's new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors. A camera prototype outfitted with the sensor successfully captured Yaeyama-hime fireflies, along with the surrounding vegetation, in a forest on Japan's Ishigaki Island off the northeastern coast of Taiwan.
Set to begin mass production in August 2013
Toshiba has shown off a new backlit 20-megapixel sensor aimed at compact cameras, a month after revealing a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor for smartphones. The TCM5115CL BSI CMOS sensor, in the 1 /2.3-inch form factor, gives a 4-megapixel upgrade to the 16-megapixel glass ceiling of compact cameras, and is claimed by the company to have the highest resolution in the optical format in the industry.
Samsung sensor could offer gesture control use
Samsung has developed a new camera sensor technology that offers the ability to simultaneously capture image and depth. The breakthrough could potentially be applied to smartphones and other devices as an alternative method of control where hand gestures could be used to carry out functions without having to touch a screen or other input. According to Tech-On, it uses a CMOS sensor with red, blue and green pixels, combined with an additional z-pixel for capturing depth.