Nikon announces the introduction of their new Scene Recognition System, which recognizes a subject or scene prior to capture, then, using information from the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, that enables highly precise exposure control utilizing color information, applies that information to achieve more accurate autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance control. The Scene Recognition System is an epoch-making function realized through the improvement of image recognition capability of the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor by employing the diffraction grating for it. This greatly increases the precision of the information to be utilized in auto exposure and auto white balance, as well as in autofocus.
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the development of its original EXPEED digital image-processing concept, which will be employed in the design of all future Nikon digital SLR and COOLPIX cameras. As Nikon’s new digital image-processing concept - featuring the core ideas of our image creation and processing - EXPEED incorporates the optimized knowhow and technologies we have accumulated throughout our long history and in the course of our transition from film to digital cameras (starting with the D1). It’s a system that embodies Nikon's intense passion for digital images. Unlike image-processing engines or systems, EXPEED does not deal with specific parts or features.
Sony Corporation announced the commercialization of "Sony IMX021 CMOS Image Sensor", an APS-C size (diagonal: 28.40mm/Type 1.8) 12.47 effective megapixel ultra-high speed, high image quality CMOS image sensor designed to meet the increasing requirement for rapid image capture and advanced picture quality within digital SLR cameras. Sony will position "IMX021 CMOS Image Sensor" as a key device capable of generating new added value in the high-growth digital SLR camera market, actively promoting its use within Sony and externally. The "Sony IMX021" CMOS Image Sensor production will be carried out at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation's Kumamoto Technology Center.
Nethra Imaging has announced its second generation smart camera chips, now available in the industry’s smallest package for low power, handheld consumer devices. The NI-2065/66 programmable image processor family can be integrated into camera module designs and handsets, providing consumers with “print quality” images from less expensive optics and digital still camera functionality from their mobile phone devices. The Image Processor is currently in production and includes a JPEG encoder for enhanced compression capabilities leading to high frame rate capture, hence reducing blur and storage time. Built on 0.13-micron and boasting low power, the image processors fit into a 5mm x 6mm package.