Epson Begins Mass Production of New Ultimicron Panel

January 23, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories | 1 Comment |
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Epson has begun volume production of its latest, XGA-resolution Ultimicron panel designed for use in electronic viewfinders. Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the latest in the Ultimicron series boasts increased surface luminance of 520cd/m2. Previous generations of Epson Ultimicron panels have been used in the viewfinders of top-of-the-line digital cameras including the critically acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5, which has recently won the coveted PhotographyBLOG Camera of the Year 2012 award. The new panel will be exhibited at Epson’s booth at CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, from 31 January to 3 February 2013.

Epson Press Release

New Epson Ultimicron Brings Benefits for Camera Enthusiasts

- Epson begins volume production of panel for electronic viewfinders -

- TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2013 -
Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson,” TSE: 6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of its latest Ultimicron panel. These high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panels bring to life the electronic viewfinders used in mid- to high-end digital interchangeable lens system cameras. The new panel will be exhibited at Epson’s booth at CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.

Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the latest in the Ultimicron series offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 megapixels. The new panel is equal in size to a 0.47-inch SVGA panel, but offers higher resolution. In addition, Epson has increased the surface luminance to 520 cd/m2, allowing photographers sufficient visibility in any environment, from the brightest sunlight to the darkness of evening.

The Ultimicron series is positioned to meet growing demand among camera enthusiasts of all levels and abilities for superb quality electronic viewfinders.

Advantages and features
Compact
Small 0.48-inch diagonal screen contributes to compact, thin cameras
High resolution
High pixel density with XGA resolution (1024 x RGB x 768, 2.36 megapixels)
No color breakup
Use of a color filter ensures that it is not affected by the color breakup that can occur with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system.
Bright
Achieves brightness of 520 cd/m2

New panel specifications
Name L3F04X-80300C
LCD type TN mode, organic alignment layer
Color display system Color filter (RGB stripe)
Effective pixels 1024 x RGB x 768 (XGA)
Panel size (diagonal) 0.48 inch (1.2 cm)
Pixel pitch 9.6 ?m (3.2 x RGB) x 9.6 ?m
Color space 92% of sRGB
Backlight Yes
Surface luminance 520 cd/m2
Displayable colors Approx. 16.77 million colors

Electronic viewfinders and Epson’s Ultimicron
Electronic viewfinders are employed mainly as the finders - the small windows used to view the subject of a photo - in digital single-lens reflex cameras and camcorders using LCD screens. Epson’s Ultimicron electronic viewfinders have the advantages of both high resolution and of being highly compact. This makes it easy for manufacturers to make the camera compact, and for users to focus the camera when taking pictures.



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