Will Fuji use a new organic sensor? Is that the key to beat fullframe sensors?


It is enough exciting to know that Fuji will implement the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder technology on a camera that takes interchangeable lenses. But the even more amazing news is that the Fuji LX camera coming in February will be the first camera featuring an organic sensor! (Source: Zemes Gaoson).

As you know a month ago Fuji stated that the new camera will outperform current fullframe sensor. And the leaked images and lens info make us suppose that they will manage to squeeze that superb image quality on a small APS-C camera. That’s why It’s easy to guess that Fuji will use a completely new and revolutionary technology to archive the goal. Zemes says: “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.

Noisycamera found that research paper from Fuji (Click to download the pdf). In short this is the advantage of using the new organic sensors: “As the organic photoelectric conversion layer has a large absorption coefficient in principle, it can absorb enough light in spite of its extreme thinness. Therefore, it is free from spectral cross-talk between tiny pixels when capturing slanting rays of light and does not need any micro-lenses conventionally used for gathering incident light. The spectral sensitivity of the organic photoelectric conversion layer can be freely controlled by designing organic materials and it is possible to achieve a panchromatic property which does not have sensitivity to infrared light but only to blue, green and red light as shown in Fig. 2. Therefore, it is not necessary to use a conventional infrared light cut filter and we can eliminate its problem, a change of infrared cut wavelength and color hue caused by a change of the angle of light incidence.

And here is the specs summary of the new Fuji LX camera coming in February:
– APS-C sensor size
– Organic sensor
– New proprietary mount
– All metal body
– Hybrid viewfinder
– 1/4000 top shutter
– universal hot shoe
– 18mm/2.0 pancake, 35mm/1.4,. Probably a zoom and a 60mm prime lens coming too.


I want that camera and you? :)

  • atze

    Well, i want it.

    Can i afford it? We`ll see…

  • Antonio G

    Can you order one more and send it to me? ☺☺☺
    Curious about they will solve the OVF magnification with the several lenses, as the EVF can easily cope with them.

  • B2

    Cannot wait to see it in action.. Make AF as good as Nikon 1 and you’ve got a bomb.

  • Another new mount ? Stop the madness!

    We‘ll now have what 5 incompatible dslr mounts and 5 mirrorless mounts, argh. Stop this train, I want to get off.

  • Harold GLIT

    ANother proprietary mount . meaning it will take years to get enough lenses to satisfy a large public


    • Richard

      Do we really think such a camera is out there to satisf “a large public”? It’s clearly aimed at advance amatures and pros, those for which would happily just use two or three primes (which already is suggested to be available with it). then add the fact that it’s mirrorless and can likely take multiple other rangefinder mounts via adapters, I don’t see this as an issue. If the 18, 35 and 60 are good quality it will attract the right people now, rather than years down the line.

      • Eric

        Exactly! Fuji really seems to understand what photographers want/need. Releasing those three lenses first instead of craptstic zoom after zoom proves that. Those are almost exactly the 3 lenses I would choose to make first if it were up to me.

        I’m so excited about this camera. I’ve already canceled my NEX-7 order, now I just have to wait…

    • Renato S.

      Not really, look at Samsung, one and half year old and they have a nice lenses selection and a very nice roadmap too. Sony is the only one making a lousy job.

      18mm, 35mm, 60mm primes and a standard zoom it’s a very nice start.

      I think that the priority is street photography and portrait range of lens, but mainly street photography.

      after that you make a complementary zoom (55-200mm) and all around big zoom (18-200mm) and some more primes, wide angle, a macro too.

      and besides that you can always use an adapter and use other mount lenses, Sony is surviving on that basis so far.

  • drj

    looks like this is going to be a top but also pricey ILC. I would not be that confident about the APS-C sensor : as this is a brand new technology, an APS-H could very well emerge and be praised by the kind of people who will buy this camera for its shallow DOF, etc. Finally, a Fuji version by next spring and the Leica one by Photokina 2012 sounds everything but impossible…

  • Renato S.

    It seems very, very attractive…

    For me there are two matters, first, how much it will cost, if it’s NEX-7 money or less, success, if it’s more, I don’t think I will buy it. And second, the video quality, I know that Fuji didn’t really invest on that in the X100, but they got better in the X10. Sony pushed the buttons for new video features and Panasonic has a very nice video quality, hopefully Fuji will give some importance to video.

    • Zonkie

      My guess is that the price will be NEX-7 or a bit more. But if all this is true, it looks like it’s not bad value at all. We’ll see the quality of the lenses, general performance, AF performance,…

      Another question will be image stabilization. In the X100 they said that for a 35mm equivalent and F2 max aperture it was not necessary (and most of the time it isn’t), but with this one having interchangeable lenses it would be a drawback to not have IS when using longer focal lengths. I hope they will put IS in the body.

      Regarding video, I doubt it will be a strong selling point. It looks too much as a photographic tool, not a hybrid video/stills camera.

      • Renato S.

        It looks like they are are giving some discounts on the X100 so I guess that the price will be around X100 and NEX-7 after all.

        I know that video won’t be a selling point I just wish it’s better in quality, I don’t mind not having mic jack, 60fps – even though I would really want all of that – as long it has a nice quality, not much rolling shutter, etc.

  • JJ Semple

    Like to see IS and a tiltable (up and down) LCD that allows shooting from the waist…

  • DonTom

    I like it. I can see myself gradually moving away from m43 to this for primes, sticking with m43 and the 2 upcoming fastish X zooms for video and daytime traveling. Unless Olympus comes out with their version soon!
    If the new Fuji sensor is sharper and delivers better IQ in other ways as well, this will be real competition for Leica.

  • R2

    Is there anything about the cost of sensor production with these organic sensors? It would seem that the parts not needed would reduce cost, but what is the cost of the unit?

    Getting sensor cost down is what all the camera companies are struggling to accomplish.

  • Nb

    My understanding is around $2200ish USD at launch with a lens combo, I keep on hearing March not February though, I guess that’s the expected delivery date

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  • Do

    Good thing, as long as you can throw them in the organic waste bin when they begin to decompose (just kidding).

  • Sam Waldron

    How is the Fuji X100 EVF quality for manual focus?

    This looks extremely interesting as a Rangefinder lens platform – especially with the Organic sensor which is not sensitive to the angles of light.

    A compact AF 35 1.4 would be really handy though, then just use my CV 15mm and Leica 90mm and sorted!

  • Erational

    Tiltable LCD, pretty-please FUJI.

  • Mike S

    It sounds like we can look forward to improvements in the noise (I would like to see noise/ISO charts) and this promising sensor is probably going to get better in the not too distant future… From the pdf,

    “The number of saturation electrons is 40,000 per pixel and a wide dynamic range corresponding to 60 dB is achieved. The large number of saturation electrons gives a great advantage to the new organic CMOS image sensor with pixels of smaller size and contributes to the creation of images with rich gradation. Although the random noise per pixel is considerable (38 electrons), it is nearly equal to the kTC-reset noise inherent in principle of a 3-transistor signal read-out circuit. This random noise should be reduced by developing a new signal read-out circuit, which could decrease the kTC-reset noise for a 3-transistor mechanism. Although the dark current of the organic photoelectric conversion layer at 60 deg. C is equal to about 7 electrons, it should be decreased further by the progress of research on the materials used for organic photoelectric conversion layer in the future.”