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Kodak Releases World's First 50-megapixel CCD

Eastman Kodak made a breakthrough in the field of image sensors with the world's first 50-megapixel CCD designed for medium-format photography.

According to the press release, with a 50-megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1-1/2 miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer (1 foot by 1 foot).

Besides, KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for this professional market. This new pixel also reduces "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery life, and improves color fidelity.

The new Kodak sensor is the first to utilize the company's new KODAK TRUESENSE 6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Technology Platform (vs. the current 6.8 micron pixel), which increases both the resolution and camera performance. With an 8176 x 6132 pixel array, the 50-megapixel sensor provides the highest resolution available in the 48 mm x 36 mm optical format used in medium-format photography.

Engineering grade devices of the KAF-50100 are currently available, with volume production planned for Q4, 2008.

Source: Eastman Kodak

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