EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks

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Re: What difference does it make?
In reply to Landscapephoto99, 10 months ago

Landscapephoto99 wrote:

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s_grins wrote:

Landscapephoto99 wrote:

It was subcontracted by Olympus to Panasonic, but it is Olympus' design. It has better high ISO than the E-M5 according to dpreview and others, it has better DR, slightly higher resolution, color and great AF. Competition does wonderful things. Maybe next time Olympus will contract out with Fuji or Toshiba for their sensors.

Maybe next time Oly will outsource the sensor to Fuji, Toshiba, or any other company, but this time it was a Panasonic, and for me it does make a difference.

Oly does not outsouce, because they do not design sensors - they buy sensor designed and manufactured by others.

Others design them to their specifications. Just like Nikon and Pentax do with Sony and Toshiba, so Olympus apparently does with Sony and Panasonic. I don't really care and I didn't like Panasonic technology for a long while, but at this point I don't see what the fuss is all about.

Your previous posts suggest that you think that another company (you mentioned Fuji & Toshiba) could produce a comparable quality sensor because all they would have to do is use Oly's design specifications.  However, the impact of end-user specifications on the quality of the sensor is a minimal part of the sensor quality. For example, the sensor in the D800/e has some Nikon specific specifications. Nevertheless, the quality of the sensor in the D800/E is almost entirely due to Sony engineering.

As for your comment that you "don't see what the fuss is all about", some of us think it is nice to see that Panasonic can produce a sensor of this quality.

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