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[filmscanners] Re: Foveon

Arthur Entlich wrote:
> Yes, it is made with National Semiconductor, and it is considered
> equivalent to a 7 meg in current bayer pattern technology, although it
> actually has 3.53 "million pixels".
> Due to the fact that each pixel records all three colors RGB, using
> color filtration/separation caused by the natural characteristics of
> silicon, it records much more color information for the same number of
> pixels, and reduces the problem with artifacts, moir, and false color.
>    It also eliminates a lot of the need for fast processors to calculate
> the bayer pattern algorithms within the camera, which should reduce
> costs tremendously over time.  They plan to release a sensor with half
> the resolution in 6 months or so, which will be equivalent of to about a
>    current 3.5 million pixel (about 3.1 megapixel???) sensor.
> So, say good-bye, not to film cameras, but to all those 1, 2 and 3
> megapixel cameras selling for hundreds of dollars too much.
>    By the way, the first camera coming out with the first chip type (7
> million pixel equivalent) will be by Sigma, and sell for about $3000 US.
> Art

But doesn't it seem likely that companies like Sony, with a stake in
existing CCD sensors, are likely to try to drive down the cost of
"conventional" digital cameras, as a means of keeping an upstart like
Foveon from gaining significant market share? Sounds like a price war
is in the near future to me! We're likely to see just how cheaply a 4
M-pixel camera can be sold.

Charlie Hoffpauir

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