Kodak CCD image sensors increase light sensitivity

Kodak claims “light starved applied imaging applications such as traffic monitoring and surveillance can look forward to a new class of cameras that will provide improved image quality under demanding lighting conditions.”

Kodak says its latest CCD will provide brighter traffic and surveillance images.

Kodak says its latest CCD will provide brighter traffic and surveillance images.

The company is adding its TrueSense color filter pattern to its interline transfer CCD pixel design. This pattern adds panchromatic, or “clear” pixels to the red, green, and blue elements that form the image sensor array. Kodak says that since these pixels are sensitive to all wavelengths of visible light, they collect a significantly higher proportion of the light striking the sensor. Matching this pixel arrangement with software algorithms can realize a 2x to 4x increase in light sensitivity (from one to two photographic stops) compared to a standard Bayer color sensor.

The first implementation, the KAI-02150 sensor, captures 1080p video in a 16:9 aspect ratio at 60 frames per second.

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