New Sony full frame sensor CCD SuperHAD II with 34.8MP

I received the following anonymous tip about the new full frame (35mm) CCD SuperHAD II sensor with 34.8 mega pixels. It is expected to come out the next year in a high resolution studio Alpha camera. This camera is expected to be the same level as the Leica S2 (but much cheaper I guess). No anti-aliasing filter, electronic shutter with high flash sync with a new anti-blooming structure. Also, new Carl Zeiss and Sony G prime lenses will be announce with this camera. There is some more information on Sony's website for this CCD SuperHAD II sensor.

I will say it again: Sony is very aggressive in the DSLR market and should not be underestimated. They already have capture some significant market share and imho this trend will continue in the future. The big question is who will be the market share looser(s)?


35mm CCD SuperHAD II 2

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  • PHB

    Could be some time before we see this in a camera. Looks like it is a research announcement rather than a product announcement.

    Still, the electronic shutter is something I have predicted for several years now. High speed flash sync is the main advantage that the medium format studio cameras offer. An electronic shutter matches that advantage and the resolution is only slightly off the best medium format cameras.

    Thing that makes me somewhat skeptical is the choice of CMOS.

    • Anonymous

      CMOS? Where do you read that. It seems they use a charge-coupled device (CCD). Only by this choice they’re able to re-introduce the electronic shutter, as it has been used for example in the Nikon D40, providing a flash sync time of down to 1/500.

      Caused by the electronic shutter, the D40’s sensor had a propensity for blooming around highlights. This problem is solved now, as they say.

      I think sensor sensitivity was a reason to change to CMOS, but now CCD seems to catch up again. Another advantage, since I suppose this is coupled to the possibility of electronic shutter as well, would be the avoidance of rolling shutter effect in movie recording.

      So this sensor seems to enable nice developments. I expect to see a variant of this sensor in Nikon products, starting possibly mid to end of next year. I suspect the D800 to feature this kind. I would hope for two versions though, a D800x with up to those 35 MPx and a D800 with around 16 Megapixels and higher sensitivity.

  • juandiegojr

    If you go to Sony website related PDF:

    “Super HAD CCD II” Achieves
    Significant Performance
    Increases for Security Camera

    There is no mention to 35mm, large format or even, DSLR or ISO Speeds BECAUSE this technology as they told is used in Security Camera Aplications not made for photography. Where are the links to those captures posted?? looks like a photoshop job.

    • Again, I got those screenshot in an anonymous tip.

    • blonger

      The original Super HAD CCD has been used in security cameras as well as dSLRs, the Super HAD CCII shouldn’t change that. The fact that the CCD is used in multiple applications is not evidence that it won’t be used in photographic ones.

      The fact that this is a ful-frame 35mm sensor suggests that its specifically for SLR cameras, closed-circuit security applications use smaller sensors.

    • Canon user

      Font is very different than original Sony PDF and at lease one MAJOR TYPO:
      “F8 for lack and white”

  • fmertz

    How is it like the S2? This supposed camera has/will have a 24×36 mm sensor. The S2 sensor is much larger. This whole thing just doesn’t sound right.

    • I am just quoting what I got from the source.

  • WoutK89

    Busted? 😛

  • This is not a sensor meant for DSLR products.

  • T3

    The SuperHAD CCD sensor is not new in Sony digital camera, almost all CyberShot CCD cameras are SuperHAD CCD.

    Look the specifications of new CyberShot W290:

  • Din

    Sony already has 35mm CCD:

    • blonger

      that is actually a super 35mm sensor, which is closer to an APS-C sized sensor. Super35 is a standard for film.

      Also, that camera is several hundred thousand dollars.

  • Lyr

    Now that’s a promising coming back to CCD.
    And with this promising structure, let’s dream one moment that Fuji takes this sensor and use its knowledge on SuperCCD to make a SuperHAD II SuperCCD, with less pixels. Since there are one set of full pixels and one set of quarter-surface pixel, we barely lose one fifth of the “surface”, giving a final 28Mp camera.
    That fine efficient sensor, with the +6dB from Sony and the 2 extra stops of DR, combined with Fuji knowledge of noise treatment and of color management…


  • Din

    The LOD structure antibloombing is a very efficient system and allow the camera use electronic shutter (high speed syncro).
    But this structure limit the photodiodo just to 70%, if the SuperHAD II has a improved microlenses and photodiode size is probably a positive response of the sensor.

  • Huggs

    The cost: too much!

  • Peter

    This looks fake, why would sony put Anti-blooming under major features, it’s something that camera sensors have had, since… well since the invention of the DSLR more or less :).

  • T3

    “This looks fake, why would sony put Anti-blooming under major features, it’s something that camera sensors have had, since… well since the invention of the DSLR more or less”

    I don´t know which CCD has antibloombing structure, but many Sony CCD sensors don´t have it.
    Look the D70/D50 sensor with electronic shutter…

  • WoutK89

    Photography industrIE? lack and white? Just some typos 🙂

  • Sony Digital Camera

    Thanks for the tip about CCD SuperHAD II sensor. Yes Sony is strong as ever. As to who will be the market losers? Your guess is as good as

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