Epson has said it is starting full production of its high-resolution SVGA LCD panel for use in electronic viewfinder cameras. The 1024 x 768 pixel screen sits alongside the company's existing 800 x 600 pixel display, as used in the Olympus OM-D and, we suspect, in Fujifilm's X100 and X-Pro1. The latest panel, unveiled at Photokina, offers the same 2.36m dot resolution as announced in the Fujifilm X100S. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to the Sony OLED display of the same resolution used in various Sony models and Fujifilm's X-E1.

The latest panel shares exactly the same outside dimensions as the 800 x 600 pixel (1.44m dot) version so, from a physical design perspective, could be slotted-in to the next-generation version of any camera that uses the existing display.


Press Release:

New Epson Ultimicron Brings Benefits for Camera Enthusiasts

Epson begins volume production of panel for electronic viewfinders

TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2013

Seiko Epson Corporation. ("Epson," TSE: 6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of its latest Ultimicron panel These high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panels bring to life the electronic viewfinders used in mid-to high- end digital interchangeable lens system cameras. The new panel will be exhibited at Epson's booth at CP + 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.

Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the latest in the Ultimicron series offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 megapixels. The new panel is equal in size to a 0.47-inch SVGA panel, but offers higher resolution. In addition, Epson has increased the surface luminance to 520 cd/m2, allowing photographers sufficient visibility in any environment, from the brightest sunlight to the darkness of evening.

The Ultimicron series is positioned to meet growing demand among camera enthusiasts of all levels and abilities for superb quality electronic viewfinders.

Advantages and features

  • Compact
    Small 0.48-inch diagonal screen contributes to compact, thin cameras
  • High resolution
    High pixel density with XGA resolution (1024 x RGB x 768, 2.36 megapixels)
  • No color breakup
    Use of a color filter ensures that it is not affected by the color breakup that can occur with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system.
  • Bright
    Achieves brightness of 520 cd / m 2

New panel specifications

Name L3F04X-80300C
LCD type TN mode, organic alignment layer
Color display system Color filter (RGB stripe)
Effective pixels 1024 x RGB x 768 (XGA)
Panel size (diagonal) 0.48 inch (1.2 cm)
Pixel pitch 9.6 μm (3.2 x RGB) x 9.6 μm
Color space 92% of sRGB
Backlight Yes
Surface luminance 520 cd / m 2
Displayable colors Approx. 16.77 million colors

Electronic viewfinders and Epson's Ultimicron

Electronic viewfinders are employed mainly as the finders - the small windows used to view the subject of a photo -. In digital single-lens reflex cameras and camcorders using LCD screens Epson's Ultimicron electronic viewfinders have the advantages of both high resolution and of being highly compact . This makes it easy for manufacturers to make the camera compact, and for users to focus the camera when taking pictures.

Related information
To learn more about Ultimicron, visit:
http://global.epson.com/products/htps/ultimicron/

For sales enquiries, please locate your regional Epson electronic device sales office at:
http://www.epson.jp/device/e/device_worldwide.htm

Product exhibition
The new panel will be on display at the Epson's booth in CP + 2013 to be held at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.
http://global.epson.com/products/htps/event/