A name brand image sensor that's
used by Leica, Olympus and Panasonic
Live MOS sensor, a name brand image sensor that's used by Leica, Olympus and Panasonic in the Four Thirds System interchangeable lens cameras since 2006. The sensor
R&D was done by Panasonic. They claim the sensor can produce image quality similar to
CCD-based image sensors and keep energy consumption as low as
CMOS sensor levels.
Because of this low energy use, Live View function capability has been added to
every Four Thirds Camera manufactured since 2006 (with the exception of the Olympus E series 400, 410, and 500 cameras).
This image sensor is also being used in the Panasonic
Micro 4/3s System cameras
Panasonic used an abundance of advanced Maicovicon technologies in developing this totally new image sensor which delivers the advantages of both CCD and CMOS sensors. Labeled Live MOS sensor, an innovative device maximizes the extraordinary image portraying performance similar to
a Leica D lens in replicating stunningly beautiful pictures. The circuitry within this Live MOS sensor uses a new driver system by which image signals are sent out one pixel at a time while also reducing power usage. It lowers the amount of control wires down to two from three necessary in regular CMOS sensors, resulting in an increased light-reception area. This 5-V drive device also
diminishes noise. All of these features work in harmony to reproduce high level of picture quality identical to a CCD image sensor. This advanced sensor produces vivid colors, delicate gradation, and realistic textures .
After another look at the spectral distinctiveness of RGB colors, Panasonic engineered their Live MOS sensor for creating color balances that assists in reproducing natural-appearing colors featuring smoother gradation. Also Panasonic uses embedded photodiode technology they accumulated while developing CCDs and developed a new lower-noise technology process that accomplishes 5.0 V low-voltage usage. Noise is reduced in dark image regions, allowing you can acquire brilliant images even while photographing in dim lighting environments. The L1 also uses original readout circuit signal technology along with pixel circuit control architecture which not only allows low-voltage use, but cuts power consumption also.
Apr 6, 2012