Is the X-Trans CFA a dead-end?

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Canadianguy Senior Member • Posts: 2,048
Is the X-Trans CFA a dead-end?
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Just asking a question for the technologists out there.

Looking at Mobile Phone market – all the R&D money is going into computational photography. HDR processing, Night vision, super resolution are all due to stacking and merging multiple photos together to increase resolution / dynamic range / low light performance.

In terms of raw sensor development – we haven’t had much improvement at all. Sure – they stuffed more and more pixels onto a silicon wafer but there hasn’t really much improvements in DR or low light performance in a long time. We can read the data off the sensor faster and we get more resolution but that’s about it. Not really a lot of IQ improvements other than just more resolution. Plus sensor tech developments seem to be focused on smaller sensors rather than the larger sensors because of the scale of mobile phone sales vs. ILC sales, while computational developments does not depend on sensor size.

So if the assumption is that the major future IQ improvements is going to come from computational methods, is the X-Trans CFA the correct choice for that, given that the majority of mobile photography R&D money is going to develop Bayer CFA computational methods? Ignoring the fact that IBIS will need to be deployed into all Fujifilm bodies first.

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