It recently became known that Atomos is developing its own image sensor - unfortunately, there have not been any exact specifications yet, only that the sensor will be designed for 8K recordings was revealed by the company.
However, more detailed information, which Atomos CEO Trevor Elbourne now mentions in a (conversation with Petapixel), makes us sit up and take notice, because should the sensor called Sapphire F8 actually deliver what is put on the tablet here, that would be pretty sensational.
The Atomos sensor in full-frame format (8,192 x 4,320 pixels / 17×9) is supposed to be able to deliver 8K with up to 60fps with a global shutter readout and be very energy-efficient (2W at 8K), which means it consumes little power and generates correspondingly little heat. In addition, it is supposed to offer a high dynamic range despite the global shutter - Atomos mentions 15 f-stops; even if the manufacturer&s specifications are always to be taken with a grain of salt, that is a proud claim. Phase detection autofocus and HDR capabilities
Originally, the sensor was supposed to be part of an Atomos camera, according to Elbourne, but the development took longer than planned (Apertus can tell you a thing or two about that) and the market seemed to be saturated in the targeted segment at a certain point, not least because of Blackmagic. Instead, it was decided to bring only the sensor to market, in order to offer other camera manufacturers a new option besides the Sony sensors that are often used.
We are very curious to see who will take up this offer and whether Atomos will really succeed in shaking up the market - and last but not least, of course, whether the sensor will be able to meet the high expectations that have been raised here.