Canon launches two high performance 2/3” 4K field broadcast lenses, the UHD DIGISUPER 90 and UHD DIGISUPER 86

Canon Launches Two High Performance 2/3” 4K Field Broadcast Lenses, The UHD DIGISUPER 90 And UHD DIGISUPER 86

More high-tech gear announced by Canon today. Press release:

4K and beyond: Canon launches two high performance 2/3” field broadcast lenses, the UHD DIGISUPER 90 and UHD DIGISUPER 86

London, UK, 7 September 2015 – Canon today introduces two new 2/3” 4K field lenses – the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) and UHD DIGISUPER 90 (UJ90x9B). Delivering exceptional optical performance, with the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) surpassing even 4K resolution, both offer outstanding focal range and are ideal for use within live broadcast production environments.

First class 4K image performance

The UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) and UHD DIGISUPER 90 (UJ90x9B) are part of Canon’s evolving 2/3” 4K lens line-up and join the recently launched CJ12ex4.3B in the range. Both provide professionals with the freedom to shoot live broadcast or sport events in stunning 4K quality, and in a first for Canon’s 2/3” lens line-up, the UHD DIGISUPER 86 (UJ86x9.3B) offers resolving power beyond 4K.

The new lenses ensure exceptional resolution from the image centre to the edges, at both telephoto and wide angle, thanks to their advanced optical construction. Additionally, an increased use of fluorite and UD glass, combined with Canon’s expert use of coatings, results in exceptional control over ghosting and flare with sharp, high contrast images supporting a large number of tones.



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Global Shutter coming to Canon cameras? [CW3]

Global Shutter Coming To Canon Cameras? [CW3]

Thanks to R. for a batch of interesting Canon patents. This is the first.

A lot of cinematographers would love if Canon eventually implements a global shutter on their cameras. It could happen earlier than some people might think. At least there is a Canon patent (US9018722B2) for a technology that clearly refers to a global shutter.

The global electronic shutter function refers to a function of starting and terminating accumulation of photoelectric charges at the same timings in a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form. In order to perform the global electronic shutter function, each pixel of a solid-state image pickup device has a photoelectric conversion element and a charge holding part that holds charges generated through photoelectric conversion for a predetermined period. In the solid-state image pickup device having the global electronic shutter function, each charge holding part holds charges for a period from when accumulation of photoelectric charges is terminated to when the charges are read out. If charges generated in parts other than the photoelectric conversion element flow into the charge holding part during this period, the charges may become a noise signal, and consequently degrade the image quality. To cope with such an undesirable charge inflow, Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2007-115803 discloses a configuration in which a second gate electrode of polysilicon is formed so as to be stacked above a first gate electrode and cover the charge holding part in order to block incident light. The second gate electrode described in Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2007-115803 prevents light from coming into the charge holding part and consequently suppresses generation of charges in parts other than the photoelectric conversion element, thereby suppressing image quality degradation.

As usual, patent literature is pretty complex. More about the technology…

According to an aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a method for manufacturing a solid-state image pickup device including a pixel portion in which a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion element and a transistor are arranged, and a peripheral circuit portion in the vicinity of the pixel portion and including a transistor. The method includes: forming gate electrodes of the transistors in the pixel portion and the peripheral circuit portion; forming a first insulating film in the pixel portion and the peripheral circuit portion; forming a second insulating film above the first insulating film in the pixel portion and the peripheral circuit portion; etching the second insulating film in the photoelectric conversion elements; forming a metal film on the etched second insulating film in the photoelectric conversion elements and on the second insulating film in the peripheral circuit portion; and removing the metal film in the peripheral circuit portion, and forming light-shielding films from the metal film in the photoelectric conversion elements.

To be honest, I think Canon has to feature global shutter on some of their pro gear. This patent may point in the right direction. Hard to say when we will see a global shutter enabled Canon camera. Given the secrecy of Canon labs, it’s difficult to make a prevision, and most likely we will know in the very last minute. No one has foreseen today’s announcement of a Canon 250 megapixel sensor. Figure out.

You can download the patent literature here, and are more than welcome to help me break it down :-) What do you think?

Another Canon Innovation: 250 megapixels APS-H CMOS sensor, the world’s highest pixel count for this size

Another Canon Innovation: 250 Megapixels APS-H CMOS Sensor, The World’s Highest Pixel Count For This Size

Did you think the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R with their 50 megapixel were the ultimate resolution monster out there? Think again.

Canon announced another technological innovation today: a 250 Megapixel APS-H sensor, and a working prototype is also ready. This APS-H sensor measures 29.2 x 20.2mm and has a resolution of 19,580 x 12,600 pixels. That’s 30 times more than 4k video, and 125 times more than  HD video. Kudos Canon!

TOKYO, September 7, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has developed an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of pixels1 for a CMOS sensor smaller than the size of a 35 mm full-frame sensor.

When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.2

With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of five frames per second. Additionally, despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realize an architecture adapted for miniaturized pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance.

Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video. The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.

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Cosyspeed announce CAMSLINGER Streetomatic bag for mirrorless cameras

Cosyspeed let me know about their Indiegogo Mirrorless Camera Bag project. Since I am very happy with their excellent Cosyspeed Camslinger 160 bag, I would like to let you know about the new project.

[…] we have just launched an Indiegogo campaign for our new CAMSLINGER Streetomatic. It’s a bag designed for mirrorless cameras and a pretty unique concept. Maybe this would be interesting for your readers:
There are already some reviews (made with prototypes) out, at MirrorLessons and Thomas Leuthard Photography.
One of the bags is a Thomas Leuthard Edition, from which 10€ go into a street kids project.


More product description after the break.

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More Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD info and pre-order options

More Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD And SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Info And Pre-order Options

Tamron announced two very interesting, and affordable, prime lenses with weather sealing and image stabilisation. Not bad if you consider that both lenses sell for $599. The new Tamron lenses can now be pre-ordered in the US.

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