Kodak sensor could end blurry camera phone pics
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by Jan Harris
Kodak has developed innovative sensor technology which could eliminate blur from camera-phone pics. The company plans to demonstrate the technology at the Mobile World Congress, 11-14 February 2008 in Barcelona.
At 1.4 micron, the KAC-05050 image sensor will fit the smallest camera but provides 5-megapixel images and shoots 720p high-def video.
The KAC-05050 sensor combines CMOS technology Colour Filter Pattern technology from Kodak, to provide high-quality images, even in low light conditions.
According to Kodak, the sensor is better even than 1.75 micron pixel CMOS image sensors, and is therefore ideal for current and future gen mobile phones.
Kodak has completely re-engineered the CMOS image sensor itself to create the KAC-05050, making it comparable with those used in stand alone digital cameras.
The company’s Truesense CMOS reverses the underlying polarity of the silicon. This means that the absence of electrons is used to detect a signal - the opposite of how CMOS image sensors have previously operated.
The KAC-5050 supports digital equivalent film speeds of up to ISO 3200, full 720p high def video at 30 frames per second (FPS), and provides digital image stabilisation, rapid auto-focus, red-eye reduction and facial recognition.
Unfortunately we will have to put up with ‘noisy’ pics a little longer - Kodak’s KAC-05050 sensor is not likely to appear in camera phones until 2009 at the earliest.