New Epson Ultimicron Brings Benefits for Camera Enthusiasts

- Epson begins volume production of panel for electronic viewfinders -

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- TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2013 -

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson," TSE: 6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of its latest Ultimicron panel. These high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panels bring to life the electronic viewfinders used in mid- to high-end digital interchangeable lens system cameras. The new panel will be exhibited at Epson's booth at CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.

Measuring just 0.48 of an inch diagonally, the latest in the Ultimicron series offers XGA (1024 x 768) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 2.36 megapixels. The new panel is equal in size to a 0.47-inch SVGA panel, but offers higher resolution. In addition, Epson has increased the surface luminance to 520 cd/m2, allowing photographers sufficient visibility in any environment, from the brightest sunlight to the darkness of evening.

The Ultimicron series is positioned to meet growing demand among camera enthusiasts of all levels and abilities for superb quality electronic viewfinders.

Advantages and features

  • Compact
    Small 0.48-inch diagonal screen contributes to compact, thin cameras
  • High resolution
    High pixel density with XGA resolution (1024 x RGB x 768, 2.36 megapixels)
  • No color breakup
    Use of a color filter ensures that it is not affected by the color breakup that can occur with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system.
  • Bright
    Achieves brightness of 520 cd/m2

New panel specifications

Name L3F04X-80300C
LCD type TN mode, organic alignment layer
Color display system Color filter (RGB stripe)
Effective pixels 1024 x RGB x 768 (XGA)
Panel size (diagonal) 0.48 inch (1.2 cm)
Pixel pitch 9.6 μm (3.2 x RGB) x 9.6 μm
Color space 92% of sRGB
Backlight Yes
Surface luminance 520 cd/m2
Displayable colors Approx. 16.77 million colors

Electronic viewfinders and Epson's Ultimicron

Electronic viewfinders are employed mainly as the finders - the small windows used to view the subject of a photo - in digital single-lens reflex cameras and camcorders using LCD screens. Epson's Ultimicron electronic viewfinders have the advantages of both high resolution and of being highly compact. This makes it easy for manufacturers to make the camera compact, and for users to focus the camera when taking pictures.

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Related information
To learn more about Ultimicron, visit:
http://global.epson.com/products/htps/ultimicron/

For sales enquiries, please locate your regional Epson electronic device sales office at:
http://www.epson.jp/device/e/device_worldwide.htm New window

Product exhibition
The new panel will be on display at the Epson's booth in CP+ 2013 to be held at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, from January 31 to February 3.
http://global.epson.com/products/htps/event/



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