Sony Is Working On a Camera Sensor That's Curved Like the Human Eye

Curved devices are hot right now, from TVs to wearables. But a curved image sensor is more than just a fashion gimmick. It actually could drastically improve the way cameras gather light from a lens, improving image quality whether on an iPhone or DSLR. » 6/13/14 10:20am 6/13/14 10:20am

Berkeley Lab's 2D Transistor Could Supercharge Tomorrow's Electronics

Graphene is regularly touted as a "super material" in electronics manufacturing—one able to do everything that silicon does, except better. But that isn't good enough for one team at Berkeley Labs. They've combined graphene with two other cutting-edge materials to create the world's first 2D field effects transistor.… » 6/05/14 12:00pm 6/05/14 12:00pm

Ain't No Staircase High Enough To Keep MTGR from Getting to You

While grand-scale robotics programs like DARPA's Big Dog project may spark our sci-fi fancy, they're still years away from the front lines. This half-pint unmanned ground vehicle, however, will immediately start saving lives by acting as a Special Forces scout. » 10/18/12 4:00pm 10/18/12 4:00pm

Sharp's Tiny Stabilized Camera Sensor Will Unblur Your Shakiest…

Sharp's boasting that their new 12.1MP sensor module is the world's thinnest, allowing it to squeeze completely unnoticed into newer, svelter smartphones. What users will notice is its built-in optical stabilization, reducing the amount of blur in their photos. » 12/01/11 10:13am 12/01/11 10:13am

The World's Largest CMOS Sensor Is Recording Meteors at 60FPS

Last year, when we asked what could possibly need an 8-square-inch low light sensor, Canon replied with, "Space stuff". Totally proving them right, the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo's Kiso Observatory now employs it to records faint meteors in the night sky. » 9/19/11 8:20pm 9/19/11 8:20pm

Canon's Omnidirectional Camera Is a 50 Megapixel Eye That Looks…

Panoramic photography can be tricky. What's better? Canon's camera that shoots a single, 360° image. The tech uses a giant, 50 megapixel CMOS sensor and aspheric mirror to capture a sharp, sweeping photo, exceeding the human eye's measly 120° view. » 9/02/10 2:40pm 9/02/10 2:40pm

Canon's Ungodlynormous Image Sensor Sees London, France and Underpants…

A full-frame image sensor, like in the 5D Mark II or Nikon D3s, is the equivalent of 35 millimeters. This image sensor is 300 millimeters. This is how well it can see in the dark: » 9/02/10 1:59pm 9/02/10 1:59pm

Canon's Single-Shot Multi-Band 50-Megapixel Camera Sees Colors the…

You're not seeing the full picture—the picture that the world's first single-shot multi-band camera can see, because it's got six color filters mounted on its 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. Here's what it sees: » 9/02/10 12:40pm 9/02/10 12:40pm

With Expanded Size Comes Greater Light-Gathering Capability, in Canon's…

As well as popping out news of a massive 120 megapixel sensor last week, Canon's technicians have today announced its biggest ever CMOS sensor—which measures 202 x 205 mm. That's about eight inches square. » 8/31/10 5:32am 8/31/10 5:32am

Canon Decides We Need 120 Megapixel Sensors

Traditional high-resolution has been downgraded. Canon's developed an APS-H-size CMOS image sensor capable of recording 120 megapixel images, which will emerge at a monstrous 13,280 x 9,184 pixels. Canon claims this 2.4-fold increase over its previous maximum resolution comes courtesy of clever new circuit timing… » 8/24/10 7:47am 8/24/10 7:47am

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Review: No More Noisy Nights

The Canon PowerShot SD4000, the company's first compact with a back-lit CMOS sensor, achieves an elusive point-and-shoot camera feat: crisp, clean nighttime photography. And it's not even that expensive. » 6/01/10 3:39pm 6/01/10 3:39pm

Next-Generation iPhone May Have 5-Megapixel Camera, Sources Claim

Digitimes' patchy sources are claiming that OmniVision Technologies—the current manufacturers of the iPhone 3GS' 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor—has won a new contract with Apple to provide the Cupertino company with new sensors for the next-generation 2010 iPhone. » 12/23/09 5:06am 12/23/09 5:06am

Flash Memory Sensors: 100x Smaller Than CCDs, Better at Low Light

CCD and CMOS sensors take great images, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. They're bulky and bad in low light. It turns out that flash memory can actually double as a light sensor, and could solve both these problems. » 10/08/09 10:20pm 10/08/09 10:20pm

RollingShutter Reminds Us That While Jello Wiggles, Videos Should Not

What's wrong with that video from last night? Things seems a bit skewed, distorted, and wiggly-jiggly. No, I'm not focused on that redhead in the tiny pink shirt, I'm talking about a fixable issue with CMOS-based video cameras. » 9/02/09 11:40pm 9/02/09 11:40pm

Eyeglass-Mounted Display Tracks Eye Movements To Manipulate Data

German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems have embedded a head-mounted microdisplay into a pair of glasses—allowing the user to access and manipulate data with simple eye movements. » 6/02/09 10:30pm 6/02/09 10:30pm

Samsung Micro-Shutter Means Better Phone Cameras, Someday

Minuscule sensors and crappy fixed lenses are only partly responsible for cellphone cameras taking such terrible photos; that they tend not to have proper shutters is a huge factor. Samsung wants to fix this. » 5/15/09 10:00am 5/15/09 10:00am

Canon Adopting dSLR Chips for a New Pro Camcorder?

There's a rumor afoot suggesting that Canon will be ditching CCD and adopting CMOS chips for a new pro-level camcorder. Digital cameras and camcorders never been so indistinguishable. » 3/30/09 11:00am 3/30/09 11:00am

What's the Difference Between CMOS and CCD? Giz Explained It

Almost a year ago, we explained image sensors. This week, with all the camera news, it seems fitting to mention that, along with our explainers on the upside of lenses and the downside of megapixels. » 3/03/09 6:59pm 3/03/09 6:59pm

Samsung Webcam Sensor Handles 720p, Fits Inside Your Laptop Bezel

It's not the the advent of 720p webcamming that we're seeing here—it's just a change that means that it won't have to look like this, and will probably come built into mainstream notebooks. » 12/05/08 4:50am 12/05/08 4:50am

Scalado Promises to Finally Kill Irritating Phone Camera Lag

It's the worst thing about phone cameras (except for the image noise, poor low-light performance, desaturated colors and incessant motion blur): the picture delay. Scalado says they've managed to eliminate it by constantly recording and displaying actual JPG images of the frame in real time. In other words, when you… » 11/20/08 5:36am 11/20/08 5:36am