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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Major Low-light Digital Photography Breakthrough Inbound from Korea

The new sensor will enable clearly luminated images from atmospheres as dark
as a movie theater. (Korea Electronic Technology Institute)

by Nirav Sanghani, DailyTECH

Researchers don't want you to worry about bright flashes in dimly-lit scenes anymore

Our eyes will possibly get some relief from the blinding flash of cameras in low-light scenarios. South Korea's Electronic Technology Institute announced the development of a new image sensor chip that allows digital cameras to capture vibrant images without a flash in dark spaces.

The digital camera equipped with the chip will be able to take high-resolution photos or video-recordings at 1 lux. The camera will be able to snap pictures in places such as theaters, underground traffic tunnels, or dark-lit bars and clubs. The chip promises clear pictures with light as bright as the lighting from a candle 1 meter away in a dark room and is said to be 2,000 times [that's 11 stops] more light sensitive than other sensor types....




Blogger lramoth said...

I guess I'll need a darker filter for my long exposures!

1:23 PM  
Blogger chrispycrunch said...

Great, now I don't have to keep defending flash photography over those low-light know, the ones that are not White-balanced, are overly yellow, or are clearly under-exposed!

1:56 PM  
Blogger cb said...

So what? Since when does the relevence of a photograph depend on technology?

I'd rather wait for a content-selecting chip, software..,
oh, wait, I might even use my brain instead.

Of course,I might still desire a brain-chip, brain software

2:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Welcome to the Second Era of papparazzi.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Player said...

I was thinking that when this chip becomes a reality, as in being installed in camera bodies, it wouldn't be necessary to replace your existing cameras, just add a body for low light photography. I'm up for it.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Tõnu Tamm said...

It will allow them to ship cameras with 11-stops darker superzoom lenses.

10:04 PM  

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