Kodak is introducing a new lowlight color image sensor filter that will producer crisper photos. The new filter uses “panchromatic cells that are sensitive to all wavelengths of visible light and collect a larger amount of light striking the sensor.” Then, a computer algorithm converts the electronic pulses from the cells into an image file. Kodak’s general manager of the photography company’s image sensor, Chris McNiffe, said “We’re talking about a 2-to-4-times improvement in (light) sensitivity.” The new filters will be incorporated first in mass-market point-and-shoot cameras and camera-equipped mobile phones beginning sometime next year. The new filter will be used in low-end phones first because camera phones are using smaller sensors to begin with and smaller sensors generally mean smaller pixels, which means lower sensitivity.”

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