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Old June 23rd, 2004, 01:31 AM   #1
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Finally, a Foveon based Digital Video camera

This single chip camera should give excellent 3 CCD like results...

640x480 30 FPS
1420 x 1064 7 FPS

It doesn't have the frame rate for HD, but SD results would give great uncompressed video output. Pity it's not USB2 or FW800 interface.

No idea on cost yet.
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Old June 23rd, 2004, 01:46 AM   #2
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The resolution can barely pass for SD and the thing is using a
rolling shutter which is another thing you basically don't want
(especially without motion blur).

Anyone know what the price of this thing would be?

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Old June 29th, 2004, 05:19 PM   #3
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I think when this sensor technology was first announced last fall they were tossing around $800 US for just the sensor in production amounts. They hoped they could integrate more frame storage buffering and DV compression on-chip later, but... that's one heck of a large chip already! 2/3 inch active area is a huge amount of silicon, so unless they can shrink to smaller geometry, the price won't fall much or fast.

Edit - Erk. I lost a year. It was about two years ago I first read about this tech. Sorry. I see from google there's some still Foveon cameras going for about $1,100 US.
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Old June 29th, 2004, 06:40 PM   #4
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depending on what range and pixel sizes you could use with this thing you should be able to get 720 x 540 at 24 fps. The total number of pixels to calculate per second falls between the 640 x 480 x 30 and the 1420 x 1064 x 7.

With this you could get an SD video by scaling the 720 x 540 down to 720 x 480.
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