Sigma’s Foveon sensor has long been the only option available to the public if you want to shoot a multilayer sensor. A new patent uncovered by Egami shows that Olympus may be looking to change that.



The new patent, which was just recently published, depicts a new Olympus RGBCMY multilayer sensor. The idea behind the new sensor would be an improved level of sensitivity and a high level of color fidelity.

Think of this as sort of a more advanced, or a ‘next-step’ sort of sensor compared to Sigma’s Foveon technology. Where the Foveon sensor splits the layers up into red, green and blue layers, this new Olympus technology would take it a step further, having layers for red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow.


It is unclear at this point for what purpose this sensor is being designed. It could easily be for medical instruments, rather than digital cameras. But that said, this would be a rather interesting way for Olympus to make a splash in the camera market, wouldn’t it?

What are your thoughts on this Olympus ‘Foveon’ sensor? Do you think it will make its way into a camera? Would you want one if it did? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via 4/3 Rumors]