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Sony A7000 Coming with on Sensor HDR


According to latest rumors coming over the surface Sony A7000 is coming with “on sensor HDR” technology, in general cameras merges two or three different images captured at different exposures to create a HDR image, but the upcoming APS-C Sensor inside the Sony A7000 camera is rumored to have a “native HDR Mode or may be called a single shot HDR”, if it’s true than image and videos captured by the camera will have dynamic range of 15.5 stops or may be more.

We don’t have any exact information about the arrival date of the camera but the camera, like its page to get more information and updates.

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Sony developed next-generation BSI sensor

Now Cell phone and small compact camera can capture HDR Video with the help of new Sensor developed by Sony, Sony’s unique “RGBW Coding” function which allows you to capture better low light images with less noise. Sony has also developed a model with built-in signal processing functionality, an element that usually requires external embedment.

Sony has successfully developed new stacked CMOS image sensor technology that realizes higher image quality and superior functionality in a more compact size. The three newly developed next-generation back-illuminated CMOS image sensor models will be the first to utilize this technology. Samples will begin to successively ship starting March 2012.

Features of stacked CMOS image sensor

  • Large-scale signal processing circuits required for higher image quality and better functionality are built-in
  • More compact image sensor chip size
  • Even higher image quality of the pixel section by adopting manufacturing processes specialized for superior image quality
  • Faster speeds and lower power consumption by adopting the leading process for the circuit section

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About stacked CMOS image sensors
Conventional CMOS image sensors mount the pixel section and analog logic circuit on top of the same chip, which require numerous constraints when wishing to mount the large-scale circuits such as measures to counter the circuit scale and chip size, measures to suppress noise caused by the layout of the pixel and circuit sections, and optimizing the characteristics of pixels and circuit transistors.
Sony has succeeded in establishing a structure that layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels over the chip affixed with mounted circuits for signal processing, which is in place of supporting substrates used for conventional back-illuminated CMOS image sensors. By this stacked structure, large-scale circuits can now be mounted keeping small chip size. Furthermore, as the pixel section and circuit section are formed as independent chips, a manufacturing process can be adopted, enabling the pixel section to be specialized for higher image quality while the circuit section can be specialized for higher functionality, thus simultaneously achieving higher image quality, superior functionality and a more compact size. In addition, faster signal processing and lower power consumption can also be achieved through the use of leading process for the chip containing the circuits.

Press Release
Tkyo, Japan – January 23, 2012 – Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced the development of two CMOS image sensor models designed for use in smartphones and other devices. They are equipped with Sony’s unique “RGBW Coding” function which allows images to be captured with low noise and high picture quality even in low-light conditions. They also contain Sony’s “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function which allows brilliant color to be captured even in bright settings. Sony has also developed a model with built-in signal processing functionality, an element that usually requires external embedment.
Sony has successfully developed new stacked CMOS image sensor technology that realizes higher image quality and superior functionality in a more compact size. The three newly developed next-generation back-illuminated CMOS image sensor models will be the first to utilize this technology. Samples will begin to successively ship starting March 2012.

Background of development (new functions)
The recent proliferation of smartphones and other devices has increased casual shooting opportunities and there is demand for the evolution of cameras to be able to shoot in a diverse range of settings. In particular, consumers want to easily take pictures in low light conditions or those with both low and bright lights. Sony has incorporated its two newly developed models with its unique “RGBW Coding” function which enables high-sensitivity shooting even in low-light conditions and its “HDR Movie” function which can capture images or video across a broad dynamic range of low-light to bright-light conditions.

About the key functions incorporated in the new CMOS image sensors
1. Sony’s unique “RGBW Coding” function enabling clear shooting in dark rooms or at night

The built-in “RGBW Coding” function which adds W (White) pixels to the conventional range of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) pixels has realized higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings.
While the addition of W (White) pixels improves sensitivity, it has the problem of degrading image quality. However, Sony’s own device technology and signal processing realizes superior sensitivity without hurting image quality. Furthermore, while the individual pixels of the newly developed models are extremely minute at 1.12μm, the incorporation of the “RBGW Coding” function has realized a SN ratio (signal-to-noise ratio) equivalent to that of a unit pixel size of 1.4μm under conventional methods, which in turn has enables the image sensors to achieve a higher resolution at a more compact size.
The new models are also able to output signals through the conventional RGB method, thus there is no need to change the signal processing adopted in existing devices.

2. “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function which enables brilliant colors to be captured even in bright settings
The built-in “HDR Movie” function enables brilliant colors to be captured even in settings with a wide range of light including bright light.
Typically, when shooting with differing light levels, such as an indoor setting against a bright outdoor background, there can easily be blocked up shadows for dark areas or blown out highlights for bright areas. Such phenomena are a result of the combination of low-light and bright-light which have different optimal exposure conditions in the same shot. This function reduces this by setting two different exposure conditions within a single screen shooting and conducts the appropriate signal processing for the captured image information under each optimal exposure condition. This process generates an image with a broad dynamic range and enables shooting of both the background and subject matter with brilliant colors even in a bright environment.

Upcoming product launches (plan)

・ Type 1/4 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 8.0 effective megapixels
(equipped with camera signal processing function*1)
Sample shipments planned for March, 2012

・ Type 1/3.06 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 13.0 effective megapixels
(equipped with “RGBW Coding” and “HDR Movie” functions)
Sample shipments planned for June, 2012

・ Type 1/4 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 8.0 effective megapixels
(equipped with “RGBW Coding” and “HDR Movie” functions)
Sample shipments planned for August, 2012

*1 Not equipped with “RGBW Coding” or “HDR Movie” functions

HDR Video with Canon 60D, 600D, 550D, 50D and 500D

The latest update from Magic Lantern helps you to create HDR Video from 600D, EOSHD HDR Video mode and variable frame rates for the Canon 600D and siblings. The new version of Magic Lantern even supports the 50D! …HDR Video does not output pre-processed HDR video from the camera, rather you need to blend the alternative high ISO / low ISO frames together in post.

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available for download now!

please remember this is not a canon firmware update


Demonstration of the new and free High Dynamic Range VIDEO feature for control over ultra contrast situations.

Discussion, workflow, RAW footage, FAQ:

Magic Lantern is a custom firmware add-on for Canon dSLR cameras. It is not a hack, or a modified firmware, but it runs alongside Canon’s own firmware, booting from the card every time you turn the camera on. The only modification to the original firmware is the ability to boot software from the card.

Music by: Compilation Piano – Ludo Auzannat et Rémi Tournaire – Jamendo

Gear used: Canon 600D + ML + Pentax 50 1.4 + small tripod. I don’t need anything else.

AMP - A True HDR Video Camera

True High Dynamic Range (HDR) video is here. Several years of research at Contrast Optical Design & Engineering have resulted in a working, commercially viable, HDR video system and the publication of a technical paper in the very prestigious SIGGRAPH 2011 conference.

What is HDRI ?
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) is a technique that photographers can use to extend the range of light intensity, or dynamic range, that can be captured in a single photograph. The camera is placed on a tripod, and a series of photographs (typically three of them) are snapped in quick succession. Each photograph is taken using a different exposure setting on the camera, providing a dark, medium, and bright picture of the scene. These three images are then combined in software to produce a single HDRI photograph.

The Problem with HDRI
One key problem exists with the current state- of- the- art in HDR images: nothing in the scene can move. Since the photos are taken sequentially, any movement causes the combined HDR image to be blurry.

The AMP™ Camera Solution
Contrast Optical’s AMP camera technology solves this key problem by capturing truly simultaneous, pixel- forpixel identical images. AMP is the first camera to use commercially- viable technology to deliver real- time, high dynamic range, high- definition imaging.
Contrast’s in- house developed AMP camera technology uses specialized optics to split the light from a single camera lens onto three camera sensors simultaneously. Image- splitting is performed optically, at the speed of light, guaranteeing perfect motion registration between images. A new image- combining algorithm was developed specifically for this AMP camera system to transform the data from the three camera sensors into a true HDR video stream in real time. Contrast, being a custom optical design firm, approached the problem from a purely optical standpoint, avoiding electronic tricks such as alternating exposure frames (bright/dark) or double- mosaic pixel arrays (red/green/blue and light/medium/dark). Their background in high- end optical system design gave them a unique perspective from which to solve this problem, and the results look impressive.

A fun video that introduces the AMP Camera Technology and gives a sneak preview of the GEN II camera features. AMP captures three images with the exact same exposure time, at the exact same moment in time. A custom blending algorithm is used to combine the images to produce a true HDR image for each frame in the video. Of course, we can’t display true HDR images (yet) so tonemapping is left to the user. For this video, we chose a wide variety of commercially-available tonemappers, just to get the idea across that all the HDR data really is there for every frame. AMP is a trademark of Contrast Optical Design & Engineering, Inc.

For more on tonemapping see our video “AMP Melting Snow”.

HDR tone mapping timelapse video by Philip Bloom

24 Hours of Neon from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

My first attempt at HDR tone mapping timelapse.

We start off with normal timelapse and then go into the 3 and 7 bracket tone mapped HDR timelapses.

I wanted to create a sense of colour and insanity that Las Vegas gives you. All from one view point. My balcony. With that restriction can you do it? Well I did it before in my two previous timelapses…

This was harder in a way as there was no single focal point like in the Sydney Harbour piece or the Space Needle piece.

I made a virtue of the HDR tone mapping with the change of pace in the music and also my use of bookends which I love.

There is a very detailed commentary on my website which goes into each shot in detail. It’s worth a listen.

Music is from “Moon” by the brilliant Clint Mansell

Shot with a Gh2, T2i, T3i, 5Dmk2

New 3D Professional Camcorder from Sony

Sony’s PMW-TD300 is the latest Pro shoulder mounted 3D Camera with XDCAM EX support. With its shoulder-mount design, this camcorder has a highly compact body, and it provides a stable shooting style that is crucial to creating good 3D images. Affordable and fully integrated, this 3D camcorder reduces the burden of complicated user adjustments before shooting, such as left- and right-lens alignment. This is a powerful tool to support rapidly expanding 3D video production – with an ideal combination of mobility, stability, and affordability.

  • Dual three 1/2-inch type Exmor Full-HD CMOS sensors
  • Dual lens system
  • XDCAM EX recording
  • SxS card slots (L/R x 2)
  • 3D/2D recording modes
  • Intuitive convergence control with a dedicated dial feature
  • Viewfinder with 3.5-inch type color LCD
  • HD-SDI out (L/R dual stream, audio and TC embedded)
  • HDMI out (3D/2D) for viewing on consumer 3D displays
  • Genlock in & TC in/out for integration with multi-camera systems

3D HDR-TD10 introduced for the first time at CES 2011, Like its consumer version the HXRNX 3D1U comes with 96GB of internal Flash memory, comes with 3.5” 3D LCD, SD Card memory support and record 3D Video in AVCHD at 28MBps.

• 3D Worldcam 50i/60i compatible
• 3D Recording Mode: 50i/60i/24P (28Mbps)
• 2D Recording Mode: 1920×1080/60p, 50p, 60i, 50i, 24p, 25p
• SD Recording Mode: 720×480 60i, 720×576 50i
• Double HD lenses, 10x optical zoom in 3D
• Automatic or manual parallax correction
• Active SteadyShot™ in 3D
• Glassless 3.5-inch LCD
• Removable Audio Pod with XLR connectors
• Time Code recording
• 28Mbps AVCHD with AC3/LPCM 3D recording
• Side by Side or Frame Packing output via HDMI
• One card slot accepts SD or Memory Stick
• Built-in 96GB flash memory

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Canon 5D mark II HDR Video

This video highlights several clips we’ve made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs.

HDR Video Demonstration Using Two Canon 5D mark II’s from Soviet Montage on Vimeo.