Is the EX2 using the Sony IMX144CQJ sensor?

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Kevin Purcell
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Is the EX2 using the Sony IMX144CQJ sensor?
Aug 15, 2012

A little speculation ...

Sony have announced (in Japanese ... English should come at the end of August) the IMX144CQJ which looks like a replacement for the three year old ICX685CQZ used in the G11/G12, S90/S95, P7000/P7100 and Samsung EX1. Aimed at "enthusiast compacts" and prosumer 4K video(!) delivering 35fps full frame 4K video with 12bit per channel. Given the S100 moved to a Canon sensor I doubt Canon will be using it in a future "G13".

http://www.sony.co.jp/Products/SC-HP/cxpal/vol93/imx144/index.html

It is a type 1/1.7 CMOS EXMOOR 12MP 4072H×3046V sensor with backside illumination helping to bump the high ISO a stop or so perhaps. It also has a wider acceptance angle (less vignetting a wide angles) which should help lens designers make larger aperture wide angle lenses.

Curiously the already announced Samsung EX2 with an 24mm (eq) f/1.4 lens that uses a 12.4MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS sensor with ISO range from 80-3200. Samsung already uses Sony sensors. Perhaps that's the first IMX144CQJ camera.

This sensor might appear in a future 12.4MP Ricoh/Pentax GRD 5 and perhaps the rumored Nikon P7200 when they move away from the older sensor.

Note: when Sony introduced the ICX685CQZ three years ago the S90 and G11 appeared at about the same time.

Canon PowerShot G11 Canon PowerShot S90 Nikon Coolpix P7000
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