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Canon Patent For 5 Layer Foveon-Like Sensor

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Egami has discovered a new patent filed by Canon. The new patent describes a 5 layer image sensor from Canon.

The patent refers to a 5 layer sensor, respectively 3 layers for RGB, one for IR, and one for UV. The sensor design aims to a more realistic reproduction of skin tones.

The revolutionary Canon image sensor appears to be based on backside illumination (BSI) technology.

The sensor will also allow a camera to correct how a person looks in a photo by erasing stains and wrinkles. See the image below.


Canon Patent For 5 Layer Foveon-Like Sensor


Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-103644
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Canon patents
    • I get the visible light
    • I get the ultraviolet light
    • I get the infrared light
    • I want to extract the skin area
    • The skin region of visible light, I will correct the image from the difference of the skin area of ​​ultraviolet light
    • Signal value of the infrared light is regarded as the skin area, the high part

via EG