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The new sensor will enable clearly luminated images from atmospheres as dark as a movie theater. (Source: Korea Electronic Technology Institute)
Researchers don't want you to worry about bright flashes in dimly-lit scenes anymore

Our eyes will possibly get some relief from the blinding flash of cameras in low-light scenarios.  South Korea's Electronic Technology Institute announced the development of a new image sensor chip that allows digital cameras to capture vibrant images without a flash in dark spaces.

The digital camera equipped with the chip will be able to take high-resolution photos or video-recordings at 1 lux.  The camera will be able to snap pictures in places such as theaters, underground traffic tunnels, or dark-lit bars and clubs.  The chip promises clear pictures with light as bright as the lighting from a candle 1 meter away in a dark room and is said to be 2,000 times more light sensitive than other sensor types.  The will initially be used for camera phones, CCTV cameras and vehicle rear-view cameras.

Institute officials stated that state-run Korea Electronics Technology Institute has developed the single carrier modulation photo detector (SMPD) chip using nanotechnology.

The institute already spent roughly 11 billion won ($10.5 million USD) on the development of the SMPD chip over the past four years.  The expected earnings from the chip exportation is about 2 trillion won ($2.2 billion USD) annually

No news has been released yet about the production details of the chip, nor has there been any pricing estimates on the chip.



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RE: Wow I cant wait.
By TennesseeTony on 5/23/2007 7:19:51 PM , Rating: 3
do we really need ISO 130000?

Absolutely. ISO 3200 is inadequate for early evening sport shots, I'm getting lots of motion blur, due to the "slow" 1/60th to 1/100th shutter speeds.

Another area extreme ISO (without the noise) would be useful is in astrophotography. Those beautiful color shots of nebulas and galaxies take HOURS to expose. As you can imagine, it's a bit tricky to keep the telescope pointed precisely for an hour or three. A shorter exposure time in that area would be very appreciated.

Also, high ISO lets you use a faster shutter of course, so the need for expensive Image stablized lenes is then debatable.


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