OLED Digital cameras

What is an OLED display?

An OLED display uses a relatively new technology called OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes). OLED displays are brighter, more efficient, thinner and feature better refresh rates and contrast than other display technologies.

OLEDs are made by placing thin films of organic (carbon based) materials between two electrodes. When an electrical current is applied, a bright light is emitted. Since the OLED materials emit light, a backlight is not required (unlike LCDs).

OLEDs for digital cameras

OLED-equipped cameras are offered by some of the biggest names in the industry. OLEDs’ major advantages seem to be especially beneficial for digital cameras - a wide color scheme, superior contrast, high refresh rates and more.

OLEDs are mostly used in electronic viewfinders (EVF) - where tiny OLED microdisplays are used as near-eye displays. In the past camera makers also adopted OLEDs as the larger (around 3-inch) main display for the camera, but in recent years most camera makers reverted back to LCD displays as OLED displays in this size range are not in standard production.

OLED cameras on the market

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Latest OLED digital camera news

Where are the 2 to 4 inch AMOLED displays?

All AMOLED makers are currently focused on two major markets - smartphone displays and wearable displays. This leaves out an important part of the market - displays that are between 1.5" and 5" in size, and device makers that want to adopt AMOLED displays in this size segment find it impossible to find the displays they want.

Apple iPhone X and Watch photo

As smartphones grew larger and larger in recent years, the display makers are focusing on 5 to 6.5 inch for their smartphone display portfolio. Wearable AMOLED displays are exclusively aimed towards smartwatches - which use displays sized 1 to 1.5-inch, many of whom are round displays.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 05,2018

A brief overview of the OLED Microdisplay market

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The OLED display market is now an established market with over $10 billion in annual revenue. OLEDs are mostly used in mobile devices - over 300 million AMOLED panels were produced in 2016, most of them used in smartphones. OLED panels are also used in TVs, tablets, smartwatches, laptops and VR headsets.

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

Back in 2001, eMagin started offering OLED microdisplays, which are tiny displays fabricated directly on the silicon control circuitry (on the CMOS). Since 2001, the OLED microdisplay market is growing slowly and these high-end microdisplays are mostly used in defense, medical and industrial applications due to their high cost. Many high-end digital cameras also use OLED microdisplays for their electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Read the full story Posted: Jan 28,2017

Sony and Panasonic announce new cameras with OLED viewfinders

Sony and Panasonic announced several new cameras that sport OLED viewfinders. The three new cameras all use XGA OLED microdisplays (probably the same microdisplay).

First up we have Sony's a99 Mark II, a high-end 42.9-mp A-mount SLT camera that features 4K video capture, 5-axis image stabilization, 79 AF points and a newly designed shutter. The a99 Mark II will ship in November 2016 for $3,200 (body only).

Read the full story Posted: Sep 22,2016

MicroOLED shipped over 150,000 WVGA OLED microdisplays

This is a bit old, but I just found out that in September 2015 France-based OLED microdisplays producer MicroOLED announced that it shipped over 150,000 units of its first product family, the 0.38" WVGA MDP01 full-color OLED microdisplay.

The MDP01 is used in digital cameras, video glasses, sport optics and security applications. MicroOLED says that they did not expect it, but the MDP01 is still the lowest power consumption OLED microdisplay with that resolution. The company is still improving the performance of that product family and new versions are being introduced to fit augmented-reality and other applications.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 30,2016

Nikon launches three new digital cameras with OLED displays

Nikon announced several new digital cameras, including three ones with OLED displays. The DL18-50, DL24-85 and DL24-500 all sport a 24.8MP 1"-type sensor, 4K video at 30p, Wi-Fi, NFC and a tilting 3-inch AMOLED display. The main difference between the models is in the lenses and the size of the cameras of course.

The larger DL24-500 will also sport an XGA OLED EVF. All three models will ship in the summer of 2016.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 06,2016

eMagin reports Q1 2014 financial results

eMagin reported their financial results for Q1 2014. Revenues for the OLED microdisplay maker in the quarter were $6.3 million (down from $8.5 million in Q1 2013, but up from $6.1 million Q4 2013). The company shipped fewer units and also saw a decrease in the average selling price. Net loss in the quarter was $1.6 million (down from a net income of $205,000 in Q1 2013). eMagin has $8.3 million in cash, down from $11 million in the end of 2013.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XLeMagin XGA096 OLED-XL

eMagin says the the lower revenues were mostly because of the stop order from three customers regarding the wire bond issue. This issue was partially solved. Shipments to one of the customers already resumed last month, and the company expects to resume shipment to the second customer in late June and to the third customer in late July.

Read the full story Posted: May 14,2014

Samsung files a patent for a camera with a transparent display

Transparent OLEDs are being developed for years now - and some small PMOLED ones are being produced in low volume. But besides a few novelty feature phones, we haven't yet seen a real application for those kinds of displays. Samsung and others have been teasing us with those concept transparent flexible OLED light tablets, but finding real world applications for transparent displays isn't that easy.

Samsung now filed a patent that describes a digital camera that uses a transparent display. The screen is located to the side of the camera which makes it rather wide. What it is good for? According to the patent filing, the idea is that by using a transparent display, the subject of the photo can look at the one taking the photo - and so they can have direct eye-contact.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 21,2014

Sony launches two new high-end cameras with OLED EVFs

Sony announced two new high-end camera models today, and both feature an OLED EVF. First up is the A7 which is the world's first full-frame (24.3 mp) mirrorless camera. The A7 sports an XGA (1024x768) OLED EVF and a 3" LCD. This is probably Sony's own 0.5" OLED microdisplay. Other features include Full-HD 60fp video, HDMI output (with support for 4K images). There's a "flagship" model (A7R) that uses a 36.3 mp sensor without a low-pass filter. The A7 will be available in December 2013 for $1,700 (body only), while the A7R will cost $2,300.

The second camera is the RX10, a premium super-zoom camera featuring a large 1-inch sensor (20.2 mp) and a 24-200 fixed lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture. The viewfinder is an SVGA (800x600) OLED EVF.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 16,2013

eMagin officially announces their XGA096 OLED microdisplay for EVF applications

eMagin officially announced their XGA OLED microdisplay for camera EVF (and other near-to-eye applications). The XGA096 OLED-XL is the company's smallest microdisplay ever (at 0.48" diagonal) and it features a 9.6 micro pixel design. it Actually has a resolution of 1036x780, or 12 extra rows and columns beyond XGA for optical alignment or extended image area. eMagin says they are already taking orders for samples of this new microdisplay.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

We have heard a lot about this camera XGA EVF, and it's good to finally see a real product. During their latest conference call, eMagin reported that they missed their first EVF opportunity with a camera maker for an external EVF because they didn't have enough time to complete the module design. They hope to win the internal EVF contract and if so shipments wil begin in late 2013 or early 2014.

Read the full story Posted: May 23,2013