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First Image From Sony’s Curved Sensor Surface Online

By Anthony Thurston on July 4th 2014

We told you a little while back about how Sony was developing a new curved imaging sensor. Well, it appears that the new sensor is far enough along that they can get images off of it, as the first ever published image from the sensor hit the web today.

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According to the Japanese site Nikkei, the new sensor has no vignetting or aberration in the corners, and was developed to mimic the human eye. Some more interesting tidbits include:

  • The Mass Production process is already complete
  • The FF version of the sensor is not as high resolution as Sony’s standard Full frame sensors.
  • The curved pattern on the silicon changed the electrical properties allowing for lower noise.

The one key sticking point for the curved sensor tech is the fact that it is incredibly hard to develop zoom lenses for it. This makes sense, there are a lot of parts to making a zoom lens work, and getting the image to fall onto the sensor the right way throughout an entire zoom range is not as easy as it sounds.

[REWIND: First Image Of Sony’s Sexy New Curved Full Frame Sensor]

Regardless, the rumors are that this tech could be coming to consumers as soon as this summer in the form of a new RX FF camera. We shall see if that is what happens, but whether it comes soon or not, this tech is really interesting.

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What are your thoughts on this new sensor tech? How do you think the published image turned out? Leave a comment below.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors, Image via Sony]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dick Raymond

    The advances in Sensors is always a Plus for us Photographers, especially when it brings less Noise to our photos! This is a win/win situation for us all!

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Forget zooms and whatnot, jut give me a couple solid wide angle primes with low coma and vignetting, and I’m sold for astro-landscape photography!!!

    =Matt=

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree that for some, a really great set of Prime lenses would be awesome. But unfortunately, for the system to have any sort of mass appeal, Zoom lenses would need to be part of the equation. Too many lazy photogs these days, haha.

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    • Sean John Zanderecza

      not so much lazy (well at least not everyone), but some of us just don’t have the luxury of wielding more than 1 cameras with 2 different vocal length prime lenses, or the chance of changing lens during the events.. i personally prefer primes, they pushed me to be creative, but after worked in a conference last week that has a lot of spontaneity in it, i do realised that i need my 70-200mm haha.. if it’s not for the kind of gig like that conference, i would pick up my primes above the zoom..

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  3. Victor Escandon

    I think this is a score for photography in general. Anytime we can have the major manufactures compete and push technology the consumer wins. Awesome can wait to spend less on glass with better quality.

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    • Michael Chapman

      I agree Victor, it is amazing to see where photography tech and development is going, and I like the fact this one is attempting to have the camera “see” more like the human eye. Interesting stuff.

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