Epson Develops New Ultimicron Panel for EVFs

September 20, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012 | 1 Comment |
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Epson has developed a new high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT colour panel for electronic viewfinders. Measuring just 0.48” diagonally, the new panel offers XGA (1024x768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 million dots. It is the latest addition to Epson’s Ultimicron series, which already includes a 0.47” SVGA panel, used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera and a 0.52” QHD panel.

Epson Press Release

Epson Develops New Ultimicron Panel for Electronic Viewfinders

Increased resolution for smoother gradations with no colour break-up

17th September 2012 - Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson,” TSE:6724), has developed a new high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panel for electronic viewfinders used in mid- to high-end digital interchangeable lens system cameras. The new panel will be revealed for the first time at Epson’s booth (Hall 2.2, booth B13) at Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany, from September 18 to 23.

Epson’s latest Ultimicron panel offers the resolution and fidelity needed to focus the image while providing the ability to recreate smooth gradations and a natural softness. In addition, the use of a colour filter prevents the colour break-up that tends to occur with other colour systems when shooting fast-moving subjects and while panning.

Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the new panel offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 megapixels. It is the latest addition to Epson’s renowned ULTIMICRON series, which already includes a 0.47-inch SVGA panel and a 0.52-inch QHD panel.

“We are delighted to increase our Ultimicron series offering to the market,” said Nobuyuki Shimotome Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Epson’s Visual Products Operations Division. “With superbly sharp images that are faithful to the original, electronic viewfinders have become an important element of light, compact digital single lens reflex cameras. Epson’s new panel is ideal for the growing number of customers who are seeking ever higher resolutions and an ever better experience from their cameras.”

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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#1 John H

Would like to see something like this as EVF built in a m4/3 body with size like Panasonic GX1, weather-sealed, fixed screen to keep body size slim, with substantial grib like Panasonic G5, IBIS (apparently not in Panasonic strategy) and good video capabilities.

12:41 pm - Friday, September 21, 2012