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Foveon X3 chip

For those of you interested in digital cameras, this was announced months ago but the first X3 powered camera is about to be released!!!

For those of you that haven't heard of it, the X3 chip is a revolutionary new sensor for digital cameras - rather than each sensor being able to "read" one color, each one can read all three colors (rgb), so you get effectively higher resolution AND much more accurate color, without a lot of the artifacts you get from ccd sensors. End result: pictures look a hell of a lot better.

Anyways, the Sigma SD-9 is due out this month (!) and for only $1800 - expensive, sure, but it's also the first of its kind and could potentially produce better images than high-end professional digital cameras (i.e. in the $4500+ range). Obviously, if it does well, they'll be able to scale it down for consumer-level models at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later. :)

A few links to whet your appetites:
http://www.foveon.com/X3_comparison.html
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/Html/news/news_sd9_fs.htm
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0202/02021103foveonx3preview.asp
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