Innovative Technologies

Cutting-edge imaging System for New Camcorder

1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor System

The 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system has 45-degree rotated pixels on each chip in order to increase the signal density, while each pixel maintains sufficient surface area. In combination with the Enhanced Imaging Processor™ (EIP), the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system achieves high resolution, high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and excellent color reproduction.
The pixel shift interpolation technique has been traditionally used in small 3CCD camcorders, however, this normally requires the combination of all three color element (RGB) signals to maximize resolution. If an object lacks one or more color elements, the resolution of the object may be degraded. The 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system is different because it can always produce maximum resolution, regardless of the balance between color elements, thanks to its unique and sophisticated interpolation technology.

3 ClearVid CMOS SensorPixel layout

Enhanced Functionality with the
Technology of Exmor

The new HVR-Z5U boasts cutting-edge features such as the technology of Exmor, which utilizes the full potential of the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system. Exmor features the column-parallel A/D conversion technique and the dual noise-cancelling method also used in Sony’s top-of-the-line models. Multiple A/D (analog to digital) converters on each pixel row convert analog signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D converter on each chip. The technology of Exmor can eliminate the influence of external noise that enters the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. This significantly enhances shooting in low-light environments. By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the new 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enables the HVR-Z5U to achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5 lux*1.


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