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Trouble At Fujifilm? Organic Sensor Too Hot and Uses Too Much Power | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on December 8th 2014

It has appeared in the rumors many times over the last year, Fujifilm‘s fabled Organic sensor technology. Today, we are learning, by way of the rumor mill, why we haven’t seen any camera with this tech just yet…


Fujifilm‘s Organic Sensor Too Hot and Uses Too Much Power

So what about this Organic Sensor that we have heard so much about since it was  announced by Fujifilm? This is the same sensor that is rumored to be holding up the X-Pro2 camera body?

Well, according to the team over at Fuji Rumors, the new sensor is running into some issues preventing it from being implemented in any new bodies currently. Basically, they say that the sensor runs too hot (gives off too much heat), and also drains too much battery power.


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Mirrorless systems are already known for being big battery drainers, so implementing a new sensor that would create more heat and drain even more battery would be a bad call. So it makes sense that Fuji would hold off using the new technology until they can get the heat down and the power consumption down as well.

The good news in all of this, power consumption – to my understanding anyways – plays a role in how much heat a sensor produces. The more power flowing through it, the more heat it produces (Obviously, I am over simplifying it). One would venture to guess that if Fuji can find a way to get the power consumption down, they could, in turn, improve the heat issue as well.

As for if this sensor will in fact be in the X-Pro2 or not, that is still up in the air, with no real reliable rumors about that to this point. We will keep you updated though if that changes. As with all rumors though, please remember to use sufficient salt when consuming this one. These rumors are fun to discuss – but should never be taken as fact.

[via Fuji Rumors]

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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. William Emmett

    Heat is common problem when R&Ding a new electronic component. Excessive is head comes from high current drain. More R&D is needed to eliminate or reduce the excessive heat, or move the heat from the source through a type of heat sink, or fan. Sometimes just using larger runs on the circuit board will help. But, Fuji will have to find the exact cause, and remedy it. The whole idea is to reduce the current draw.


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  2. Peter Nord

    Modern technology always makes heat as it uses electricity. I’ve got a no heat camera, 1,000 megapixels, beautiful big prints. One problem though, I only have 12 film holders so can only make 24 exposures at time. Although I’ve got this black bag with arm holes so I can swap out the exposed film. :-)

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  3. Mac MacDonald

    Oh, Fuji…

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