Yeah, I'm bummed the sensorgen.info domain expired. Those guys do seem to update the site with recent cameras...maybe it will come back when they notice the domain expired.
I will try to ask around about it :-(
Regarding the whole stacking/in-sensor HDR idea. Other companies are working on that. There are patents that support just that very thing. Some companies are even researching how to use dual-gain (basically the same thing as Magic Lantern's Dual ISO) to improve dynamic range WELL beyond 14 stops (20, 22 stops maybe more).
You sure about it? However a simple stacking of 3/5/9 frames @ different stops embedded in on image @32 bit is the best even without the multibucketing. The latter could only be useful for sport & High-FPS photography.
However if you have some time could I kindly ask for a patent or two links - it would be certainly of high interest to me and you definitely read patents better than me.
This is why I'm frustrated with Canon, and now open to alternative brands. Canon, while a highly innovative company, doesn't seem to be all that innovative when it comes to sensors. (Which is REALLY weird to me...given that they are an imaging company...pretty much everything they do revolves around digital image sensor technology.) Canon just doesn't seem to be in the sensor innovation game right now. They have had a couple, but none of it (at least so far...maybe their layered sensors will change things) has been very ground breaking. DPAF is pretty awesome for video...but even that was an evolution on an idea Fuji originally implemented (and I think Fuji got it from a much older paper.)
Yeah! Tell me about it.
At least for one thing that Neuro imposter IMO was right
:"the real problems are the managers at canon
they are lazy and have made their fortune.
hell is there even one under 60?"
Or Canon was more conservative on R&D spending (which I believe is not the case since if I recall correctly they have kept investing about 2% of their profit).
Back to the HDR sensor topic. I think the most viable technology at the moment is multi-bucket CCD-backed pixels. This is an Aptina innovation...they took the basic single-CCD backing buffer or "memory" for global shutter, and expanded it to four CCDs per pixel (it's a CCD, or charge-coupled device, as that's a very simple and efficient way to move charge from one place to another). With four memories per pixel, the charge in the pixel can be moved to memory four times.
Patent link, patent link PLZZZzzzzz
As for the global shutter - don't even remind me about that. Everybody is slowly getting on that ship too. If I remember correctly Canon has no such feature in any of its CMOS sensor within any Pro level camera.
And that is a good trend to follow at least.