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Foveon unveils 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR

updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue September 26, 2006

Foveon unveils X3 DSLR

Foveon today announced the release of its 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor, the highest resolution X3 sensor available, according to the company. The new sensor -- which provides a 40 percent increase in pixel count over the previous X3 DSLR sensor and will ship in the Sigma SD14 camera -- incorporates design as well as process enhancements that improve performance at long exposures and high ISO speeds. Foveon claims that its proprietary X3 technology is the only image sensor technology that stacks red, green and blue pixels vertically, increasing the information density of the recorded image while simultaneously eliminating the color sampling artifacts found with other image sensors.

The new X3 sensor features 14.1 million pixels into a 3-dimensional array of 2652 x 1768 x 3 pixels with an active image area measuring 20.69 x 13.79mm. Users can read the sensor out at speeds up to five frames per second. Sigma also plans to launch the DP1, a new compact camera that leverages the Foveon DSLR sensor to offer the same performance in a small and user-friendly form factor.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i can barely operate a disposable camera, but I .. must .. have.. this...

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    discover magazine

    Discover magazine had an aricle on this technology several years ago. Was an interesting read and those interested may want to look it up.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blows away CCD & CMOS

    The Foveon chip has been around for quite some time. The concept, as well as the product itself, blows away all other current imaging chips. It is significantly superior in image quality, light sensitivity, accuracy and resolution. There is only one problem with it; the company that invented it is NOT Sony (or Matsushita, or JVC or Kodak or...). They are an insignificant player and it just doesn't matter that their product is better - the big players will ignore them, and nobody will use their chip. The only camera maker (other than Sigma) that uses this chip is Polaroid (not much of a brand anymore). Such an amazing technology, and such a waste...

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