Fuji’s Upcoming Mirrorless Camera May Pack a Revolutionary Organic Sensor

If you’re a fan of Fujifilm’s X100 and X10, then you might want to brace yourself: the company’s next camera might be the one mirrorless camera to rule them all. Fujifilm’s upcoming mirrorless camera will likely have the same sleek styling as the X100, but with one colossal difference: a revolutionary new “organic sensor”. Fuji has been developing the technology for years now, and the new camera — supposedly named the Fujifilm LX — is rumored to be the first to pack the sensor.

A dpreview forum member by the name of Zemes Gaoson writes,

The camera uses a completely new sensor technology, presumably the Organic CMOS which has been developed by Fujifilm during the last 5-6 years. Fujifilm already said that the new sensor will have lowlight performance that rivals the current best full frame SLR sensors. And based on what I read about the Fujifilm’s revolutionary Organic CMOS, I have no reason to doubt this claim.

This is in line with the rumor that the upcoming camera will pack an APS-C-sized sensor rather than a full frame one.

A paper published last year by Fujifilm researchers discusses how they’re looking into using organic sensors to reduce the size of sensors while keeping quality the same:

We proposed a new organic CMOS image sensor, in which a thin panchromatic organic photoeletric conversion layer was overlaid upon a signal read-out CMOS substrate, as the best candidate for sensors with pixels of reduced size. […] We will continue our efforts to improve and develop this technology of a new organic CMOS image sensor, wishing to create a new milestone in the history of imaging science and technology.

Fujifilm was just granted a US patent last week for this organic sensor technology. If these rumors are true, then Fujifilm’s X100 and X10 cameras may have simply been tests to ensure that there’s a market for the upcoming LX camera, which may feature interchangeable lenses, a revolutionary sensor, a hybrid viewfinder, and a sleek design.

Here’s something interesting and relevant Mike Johnston over at The Online Photographer wrote back in October:

Komori-san says that the sensor quality of Fujifilm X mirrorless will exceed that of current full-frame sensors, although its sensor size will likely be smaller than 24x36mm. The claim reminded me of something…I have a hazy memory of someone with knowledge of the industry telling me long ago that an official of Canon said that Fuji is the only company Canon is scared of—not Panasonic, not Sony, not Nikon—because of Fuji’s expertise with sensors. (I might not have that right, so please don’t quote me.)

Watch out Canon, Nikon, and Sony — Fujifilm may have an ace in the hole.

  • Dave

    He said “please don’t quote me.”

  • Dnguyen

    I don’t know why companies like to promote sub-Full Frame sensors. It’s not that I have nothing against sub-Full Frame sensors, I’ve been using them up until 2010. The problem for me is “the look”. The bigger the sensor, the better feeling I get from them image-wise. Moving up to medium format, large format, I always have this voice in the back of my mind that says, “Wow, incredible.” I’m not talking about “low noise”, “megapixels”, and other marketing catch phrases. It’s the same for people who shoot film, they want to have that “feeling”. This organic CMOS better have an organic feel to come along with it, otherwise it’ll leave a lot of users wishing it was Full-Frame with an M-mount.

  • Dnguyen

    .. and not to mention functionality! If it’s another x100 point and shoot B.S. then no thanks. Has to feel and function of a real camera with REAL control

  • Tyson Williams

    Awesome… news! 

  • Anonymous

    If the users want FF/M mount they can buy an M9.

    And if you’re defining your camera usage experience in terms of “feeling” and “look” and dismissing sensor noise characteristics and MP count as marketing catch phrases? Okay.

  • M.B.

    Fuji is doing a lot of thing right these days.

  • Through Painted Eyes

    I’ve been waiting forever for the D800 – this might just convince me to change brands…

  • Travis

    I’ve been saying it for years, in terms of companies Panasonic and Fuji are my two fav because they dare to do things a little differently, they strive to change photography as opposed to just rereleasing decades old technology for the christmas season….

  • Denis Cheremisov

    Can’t see how it will help in wide angle. May be DR will be superior, but 24×36 sensor + certain FOV lens has 225%  resolution handicap over the APS-C sized sensor + the lens with the same FOV.

  • FerD

    Yes! Can’t wait for this one!

  • Walter

    agree…since S5pro modified from Nikon and had better white balance…I might switch…if they have some good lenses…

  • Fants

    So…does this still have a Bayer pattern? I was hoping for something that didn’t require an AA filter, e.g. a Foveon with good high ISO performance.

  • Anonymous

    Will it also be fair trade? 

  • 10freecoin50

    Supposedly, the sensor has no AA filter,micro lenses, or IR filter.
    Can turn a C sized sensor into a 40 MP, a Full Frame into a 80mp, and a 4/3 sensor into a 20 MP.
    I would post a link to this info. but not sure if admin for this site approves.

  • Michael Zhang

    Feel free to :)

  • Matt

    Very cool, Fuji has always done great things with their sensors.  I wish they would have a full frame camera with this tech.

  • Rob Oresteen

    Absolutely!!! I get bored with all this talk about mega pixels, low noise, et all…how about a sensor 6×4.5? It’s not about pixels, it’s about physics..the larger the medium, the better the boketh and the EASE at which the image is made…

  • AdamP

    I’m also looking for full frame that mounts Nikon lenses. This would be great

  • Guest

    FF is like V8 engine. After decades of “if only it has real engine inside” whining you realize there is no single rational argument left.

  • John Reinert Nash

    FujiFilm has been working on this for a number of years now, and have presented the technology at the Electronic Imaging Conference. It’s good to see that commercialization is imminent; we’ll soon see how these sensors perform.  

    Brief news item from 2006 on the tech: paper from FujiFilm: 

  • markac

    Make it in FF and MF!

  • Rich

    Sounds good, as long as its better than the bloody X Trans disaster!!!!!!!

  • Steve

    …and the higher the price. Camera have to be marketable.

  • James

    Look up, Shot noise. Biggest argument for full frame there is.

  • blackmondy

    Fuji should go into professional video market with 4K. Wonder what’s holding them back ?