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12 June 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the new Fujifilm/Panasonic sensor, Hogan's analysis of the sensor, that graphene photodetector and the new Mac Pro.

  • Fujifilm and Panasonic have developed a CMOS sensor with an organic photoelectric conversion layer with "the industry's highest dynamic range of 88dB, advanced sensitivity 1.2 times more sensitive than conventional sensors and broader range of incident angle to enable the production of more sensitive and compact cameras with better image quality."
  • Thom Hogan explains why the Fujifilm/Panasonic CMOS sensor announcement isn't the breakthrough it seems. The sensor in the original Nikon 1 digicams score 84dB, which DxO scores as 11 stops of dynamic range but Hogan finds is 7 in practice.
  • So what about that graphene photodetector said to be a thousand times more sensitive to light? Fun discussion at Slashdot.
  • Lloyd Chambers has been waiting years for it. He evaluates the new Mac Pro in his Mac Performance Guide.

More to come...

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