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Fuji/Panasonic Organic Sensor Partnership Clarified

By Anthony Thurston on March 27th 2015

We have all heard about the Fujifilm and Panasonic organic sensor, and if you have been following the rumblings, you will know that it is taking longer than they would like to be ready. But one area of the sensor that people are curious about is the partnership between the two companies.


A new rumor that clarifies the partnership was recently posted over on 43 Rumors, in which it is revealed that Fujifilm is in charge of sensor development, while Panasonic will be responsible for the sensor production. In return for taking on the production of the sensors, Fujifilm will license all the technology to Panasonic – presumably for use in their own cameras.

That being said, there is still no mass production in the near future for these organic sensors. According to the latest information, the development has stalled, but is still moving along.

I am most interested to see how the two companies use the technology once it is viable. Since Fuji cameras use APS-C sized sensors, and Panasonic utilizes the Micro 4/3 sized sensors, I am curious if one or the other will change to the other sensor size (Fuji to M4/3 or Panasonic to APS-C) or if they will develop the sensor in the sizes needed by both companies.

What are your thoughts on this new revelation regarding the Fuji/Panasonic partnership? Do you think that this organic sensor will ever see the light of day? Leave a comment below!

[via 43 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. robert garfinkle

    would it be safe to say, that if a regular sensor (for argument’s sake size does not matter) has 44 db signal – to – noise ratio, and now, with an organic sensor the signal to noise ratio is 88db that the improvement is one full stop?

    can we look at it this way?

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  2. Paul Monaghan

    Panasonic might just use the Aps-c size sensor and call it a muti aspect ratio sensor just like they had in the gh2.

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  3. J. Dennis Thomas

    So with Fuji partnering up with Panasonic does that mean Leica is left out or will we see a new Pana/Leica with an organic sensor?

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  4. robert garfinkle

    technology will ebb and flow over the years – similar to computing, almost parallel to it in some form or another… and change…

    heck, I’d be willing to bet film makes a resurgence – not too dissimilar to vinyl in the world of audio… maybe…

    it’s a no brainer that we will be hell n gone from where we are today in 10 years… I bring it up as “organic” well, it seems to be another path this industry is taking – like mirrorless etc…

    Everyone in this forum knows I don’t know squat about squat when it comes to photography – but do I have to know; in one sense, no I don’t…

    Technology will have advanced so, so much; can you imagine years from now, we’d be having conversations like – “gosh, remember when we’d get into argument’s about the death of DSLR due to mirror’s? Now, we got these flux-capacitor sensing mechanisms that rock etc… and they have reduced the sensor size to the equivalent of half a NanoSD card…” – btw – NanoSD cards can hold 1pb of information, and can be stacked / raided in the camera… heck, maybe there will be no need for cards as camera’s will have photon wireless capabilities dumping all the information direct to devices miles from the camera, back to the office… your team is not just onsite but back at the office, processing as you shoot…

    I’d say the biggest advancement may even be in temperature controlled stabilization – no matter what environment you are in it’s always “perfect” “optimal” inside a camera; knows how to either adjust the internal environment inside the camera or your smart camera can sense temperature, humidity, any weather factor which may affect / distort the image TTL… adjust for those variables…

    or, how bout a lens that has a built in profile and knows how to straighten an image – instead of profiles for lenses inside post production software, why not have the correction done as the image is processed in the camera… that could be next you know…

    I’m shooting my mouth off here – you guys know all the challenges / hiccups that pester you now, where the industry is going, the MFR will have our devices figuring it all out for us – eventually…

    question I really have is, will the “photographer” be taken out of the equation via technology – or will a photographer of the future take on different meaning… dunno. doesn’t mean it wont be fun. just different..

    it’s just the nature of the business –

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      “or, how bout a lens that has a built in profile and knows how to straighten an image – instead of profiles for lenses inside post production software, why not have the correction done as the image is processed in the camera… that could be next you know…”

      I don’t know about Canon, but Nikon has had this feature for years. They also periodically update firmware with new lens information. The only caveat is that its’s only applied to JPGs and is attached as a sidecar file to the RAW data which can only be used by Nikon’s proprietary software.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Also, it only works for Nikon lenses, not 3rd party ones.

      Come to think of it newer Leica lenses are 6-bit coded and when attached to an M8/9/240/Mono the lens is automatically adjusted for. If you use older lenses without coding, like I do, you can program them into user banks in the the camera menu. Or you can send it to Leica to have a 6-bit ring installed, or you can order a 6-bit ring and instal it yourself. Some people even use black paint or sharpies to 6-bit code the lenses on the original ring. It usually wears off, so you have to do it again.

      But yeah, at least two companies have built-in lens profiles in the firmware.

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    Some explanation will be greatly appreciated. I can imagine that the lifespan of these new sensors would be much smaller, right?

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    • Peter Nord

      Common sensor is based on silicon, i.e. an inorganic sensor. Organic sensor is based on carbon compounds. I bet the life of an organic sensor is longer that the length of time you keep a camera before getting a new one. Get your D750 yet? With the rate of camera development, you’ll upgrade your camera before the organic sensor degrades.

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  6. robert garfinkle

    Anthony – can you please describe “organic” sensor – what advantage does this have? does it help us break / achieve image quality barriers – the sound of it does…

    and jokingly, does an “organic” sensor have a shelf life?

    Hmmm, at the grocery store, there’s an organic section right next to the other “normal” section – will we see similar in our camera shops?

    Nikon, Panasonic, Canon?


    Organic Nikon, Panasonic, Canon?

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