EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
bobn2 Forum Pro • Posts: 56,008
Re: What difference does it make?

amtberg wrote:

tt321 wrote:

bobn2 wrote:

The nonsense that this whole 'who makes Olympus' sensors' argument is based on is that Panasonic wouldn't 'give' Olympus their best sensors. More likely, Olympus was unprepared to put the investment into sourcing better sensors, thinking it could go on with the old ones. Now, under a new management, it is putting some investment in and has sourced at least two leading edge sensors from different manufacturers.

Superbly argued! The money was probably more needed in the cosmetics venture.

However you are pouring icy water over people's romanticized notion of this 'm43 relationship' in terms of a familial rather than business context which has allowed them to cry like a wronged spouse. Cruel

We can really only speculate as to what happened back in the day.

True, but what happened is more likely to be based on business concerns that the soap opera stuff that some on this forum seem to think would govern senor supplies.

Another possibility is that Panasonic simply couldn't produce the larger sensors in sufficient quantity to support both their cameras and Olympus'.

It is a possibility, but there is no reason to believe it, since Panasonic has a decently large fabrication capacity, and could also buy fab on the foundry market if it needed, just as Sony does.

Waht seems to be happening though is that Panny is getting out of the direct sensor business, instead pursuing sensors through a JV


Interesting to see this assessment of Panasonic image sensors:

The dark current performance CIS technology is known to be one of the best in the industry, not only in the average very low values of dark currents even at elevated temperatures, but also with extremely small tail of high dark current pixels, known as “bright pixels”. As a result, Panasonic technology allows excellent images at low light conditions (night) with no bright pixels in the image. This technology is well suited for high end DSLR (digital single lens reflex) type cameras. - See more at: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/towerjazz-and-panasonic-form-fab-jv-2013-12/#sthash.Qs9FQHse.dpuf

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