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Digital Cameras Threatened by New Technology

Bye bye handy, point-and-shoot digital camera!

Most people are used to getting pretty average looking shots from their phone. They're decent, but they're nothing compared to what you'd get with a real camera. One company is trying to change that; InVisage Technologies says it's developing a new technology that would see phones produce a higher quality of picture, especially in settings with lower lighting.

California-based InVisage Technologies has spent the last three years developing its own film that coats the camera's image sensor and allows it to capture more light. VentureBeat reports that the sensors found in current cell phone cameras are made of silicon and use complementary metal oxide semiconductor. These types of sensors only capture a quarter of the light that hits the silicon but InVisage Technologies' QuantumFilm can capture up to 95 percent using a new layer of quantum dot material.

Aside from offering cell phone cameras that are four times better than what we use today, (imagine your 3 megapixel camera getting upgraded to 12 megapixels), the whole process is said to work out cheaper too. According to VB, the addition of an extra layer of material is such a simple manufacturing step, it can be done with typical sputtering tools that are already present in chip factories.

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