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Microsoft Develops a Curved Sensor That Beats the Canon 1DS Mark III

The development of curved image sensors may be the biggest advance in camera technology in decades, allowing for simpler, flatter lenses with larger apertures as well as dramatically better image quality. Canon, Nikon, and Sony are working on the technology, and now Microsoft Research has developed a sensor with three times more curvature than previously achieved.

Back in 2014, it was rumoured that Sony’s successor to the RX1 would contain a spherical sensor. While things went quiet on that front, both Nikon and Canon have filed patents for their own curved sensors, though we have yet to see one used in a consumer camera other than Sony’s odd perfume bottle-themed KW1.

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