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Tokyo, Japan, January 22, 2003, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the Super CCD HR and Super CCD SR - two significantly advanced 4th-Generation versions of the company's proprietary Super CCD, a key device that has paved the way for exceptional digital camera imaging quality.

The high-resolution version of the Super CCD HR announced today incorporates a total of 6.63 million pixels* into a 1/1.7" chip, performance made possible through new strides in miniaturization. Cameras equipped with this imaging device can produce up to 12.3 million recording pixels, resulting in remarkably high-resolution images.

Incorporating the same miniaturization technology as the HR version, the Super CCD SR also features a new configuration that produces approximately four times wider dynamic range. Also measuring 1/1.7" in size, the new Super CCD SR incorporates 6.7 million total pixels* (3.35 million S-pixels and 3.35 million R-pixels).
* The largest number of pixels in the 1/1.7-inch class (as of January 2003)

Based on more than 60 years of photographic experience, Fujifilm recognizes the importance of resolution, sensitivity and dynamic range as factors that determine overall image quality. The 1st-Generation Super CCD, commercialized by Fujifilm in 2000, aimed for a balance of enhanced performance factors. The 2nd-Generation Super CCD, introduced in 2001, offered further enhanced resolution, while the 3rd-Generation Super CCD that made its debut in 2002 successfully boosted sensitivity. Now, the new 4th-Generation Super CCD HR offers significantly enhanced resolution, while the new Super CCD SR delivers greatly expanded dynamic range.

In recent years, the race to boost pixel counts has resulted in ever smaller pixels incorporated in greater numbers without increasing chip size. In the new Super CCD HR, each pixel has been miniaturized, resulting in a total of 6.63 million total pixels in a 1/1.7" CCD. Cameras equipped with this device produce a remarkable 12.3 million recording pixels. The 1/2.7" version of the Super CCD HR incorporates 3.14 million total pixels, for 6.0 million recording pixels. In addition to greatly enhanced resolution, sensitivity has also improved over the 3rd-Generation Super CCD.

Digital imaging performance has been improved by both increasing resolution and boosting sensitivity in the pursuit of image quality that approaches photographic film. To date, however, among the most important image quality characteristics, even the performance of Fujifilm's Super CCDs fell short of film in the area of tonal range.

Traditional digital cameras have difficulties reproducing high-contrast images containing both dark and bright areas, with dark areas tending to lose detail and whites washing out. Fujifilm's Super CCD was designed so the photodiodes in each pixel could be larger, enhancing sensitivity and expanding dynamic range. The newly developed, 4th-Generation Super CCD SR achieves a dynamic range approximately four times greater than the preceding 3rd-Generation Super CCD, producing smooth and wide tonal range without losing detail in dark areas or washing out in bright areas.

The Super CCD SR incorporates both large, high-sensitivity S-pixels and smaller R-pixels for expanded dynamic range. By combining information from both these sensor elements according to the composition of the scene, the Super CCD SR is able to deliver both high sensitivity and expanded dynamic range.

A world leader in digital cameras and their component technologies, Fujifilm will continue to introduce innovative solutions to expand the horizons of digital imaging quality.

Super CCD: Developed in 1999. The diagonal pixel array of conventional interline CCDs was rotated 45 degrees to form an interwoven configuration of large, octagonal photodiodes, combined with proprietary signal processing to create an integrated imaging system. Highly sensitive to incoming light, this innovative system offered a balanced combination of resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range, signal/noise ratio, and color fidelity, ushering in a new era in high-quality digital camera imaging.
The principle behind the interwoven array of octagonal pixels was recognized in 2001 with the prestigious Walter Kosonocky Award for significant advances in solid state imaging sensors.

2nd-Generation Super CCD: Developed in 2001. An increase in the number of pixels and reduction in noise achieved sharper image quality. This technology earned high marks for its ability to produce detailed images and balanced image quality.

3rd-Generation Super CCD: Developed in 2002. Combined high-quality VGA-sized 30 frames/second movie recording function with a new image processing algorithm that produces ISO 1600 sensitivity.




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Silver halide film is coated with crystals of various shapes- highly sensitive grains with large surface areas that respond to small amounts of light, and low sensitivity grains with small surface area that responds to large amounts of light. The Super CCD SR achieves a similar division of labor by mixing low-sensitivity and high-sensitivity pixels.



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