Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki has published an update regarding the Foveon X3 1: 1: 1 sensor and camera which was delayed in February last year after the sensor it worked on could not go into mass production due to a critical error.
Yamaki explains that the project had to be started all over again after Sigma terminated the contract with the sensor manufacturer they had collaborated with to mass produce the sensor. As a result, the Foveon camera was delayed “indefinitely”
The company found that it needed to restart the process completely, as it decided that the original sensor specifications would make it too difficult to develop a product that meets the standards. He explains that the company is still in the research and development phase of that process, and that Sigma has not yet gone ahead with the actual development of a camera yet.
Yamaki seems to be determined to express that Sigma chooses to restart this process because of its desire to produce an outstanding product, and everything they would have been able to produce to this point would have fallen under this goal. For those waiting for a Sigma Foveon camera, that device is probably still a long way off.
Below is the full letter from Yamaki to Sigma fans:
Dear SIGMA customers,
First of all, thank you very much for your continued support and interest in our products.
In February 2020, we announced our decision to restart our plans with a full-featured Foveon X3 sensor camera, and began developing a new sensor technology. We have not been able to share information about this project since then, and I would like to use this short message to provide an update on the situation.
As previously announced, we stopped the development of the project after the sensor we worked with could not go into mass production due to a critical error. As a result, we also terminated the contract with the sensor manufacturer with whom we had collaborated. Furthermore, we decided that the original sensor specifications would make it difficult to develop a product that would meet our and our customers’ high standards, and we therefore decided to return to the drawing board.
We are currently fully engaged in the research and development of the project, led by our head office, and are reviewing specifications to ensure that we will be able to meet the expectations of this project. Although we have not progressed to the development of a camera house yet, we will continue to do our utmost to create a camera in which we have full confidence.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the strong and ongoing support you have shown us.
All our employees, including me, continue to do their utmost to develop new and outstanding photographic technologies. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
CEO, SIGMA Corporation