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More on Kodak's 18.6 megapixel CCD

By dpreview staff on Mar 16, 2005 at 16:02 GMT

Kodak has today issued a press release which reveals a little more information about the sensor used in Pentax's yet to be fully revealed 645 medium-format digital camera. The sensor is named the KAF-18000CE, it has 18.6 million total pixels producing an 18 million pixel final image. Pixel pitch is 9 x 9 µm, no other specs are currently available but if we assume a 4:3 aspect ratio we can guess the total pixel size to be something like 4992 x 3744 which would make the active sensor area approximately 45 x 34 mm (a 1.3x FOV crop for a 645 medium format camera).

Press Release:

New 18 Megapixel Image Sensor Expands Kodak’s Portfolio for Medium-Format Markets

Pentax Selects New KODAK KAF-18000CE for Upcoming 645 Digital Camera

Rochester, NY, March 16, 2005 – Eastman Kodak Company once again is leading the market by providing technology that allows professional photographers to capture images with superior resolution without sacrificing the quality demanded by their clients. The company has expanded its image sensor portfolio for medium-format camera manufacturers with announcement of the KODAK KAF-18000CE, a new 18 million pixel image sensor. This sensor, which leverages the same award winning imaging technology that has made Kodak the leading image sensor supplier for medium-format camera manufacturers, has been selected by Pentax Corporation for use in the PENTAX 645 Digital camera now being developed (see yesterday’s related news from Pentax, “First Pentax 645 Digital To Be Unveiled At Tokyo Trade Show”).

The new KAF-18000CE image sensor leverages Kodak’s 9-micron pixel design and color technology for exceptional image quality, sensitivity, dynamic range, and color fidelity. With 18.6 million total pixels, the sensor provides an output resolution of 18 megapixels to capture images with exceptional clarity and detail. New to the KAF-18000CE is a dual-output architecture that enables faster sensor read-out times, allowing camera designers to achieve increased frame rates in their final camera designs. With this unique combination of image quality and speed, the KAF-18000CE provides manufacturers an affordable image sensor that is ideal for landscape, fashion, or wedding photography.

The KAF-18000CE joins two existing KODAK image sensors that are also targeted to the medium-format market:

  • KAF-16802CE – a 16 million pixel image sensor designed with a 1:1 (square) aspect ratio that is ideal for traditional medium-format photography.
     
  • KAF-22000CE – a 22 million pixel image sensor that provides the highest resolution available for the professional photography market, and which has established a new photographic standard for the commercial and studio photography industry.

“We are proud that Pentax has chosen the new KAF-18000CE for use in their upcoming PENTAX 645 Digital camera,” said Chris McNiffe, general manager of Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions group. “As a leading manufacturer of image sensors for the medium-format market, we are committed to delivering the highest resolution image sensors optimized to meet the demanding image quality requirements of professional photographers. We now offer a variety of sensors for this market, providing camera manufacturers a wide range of imaging solutions to help them meet the varied needs of their end-users.”

The new image sensor is the latest addition to Kodak’s extensive and growing line of image sensors, delivering the core technology that drives the most advanced developments in digital imaging applications. A pioneer in imaging sensors, Kodak develops, manufactures, and markets both CCD and CMOS image sensors for applications ranging from satellite and medical imaging applications to digital cameras and machine vision products.

For specific ordering information and lead times, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com. For more information on Kodak’s entire image sensor product line, please visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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