Apparently Sony owns almost 50% of the worldwide image sensor market

Apparently Sony owns almost 50% of the worldwide image sensor market
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It's no great secret that many cameras available on the market use Sony sensors – and not just Sony cameras. While they aren't likely to shout it from the rooftops, for years Sony's image sensor technology has beguiled other camera manufacturers into including these sensors in their own imaging tech. 

Sony first began producing CMOS image sensors in 1996, and launched its first CMOS sensor (the IMX001) in 2000. At the time, CCD image sensors were considered superior to CMOS, as they had more pixels and less noise. However, they had a lower readout speed and Sony was convinced that they wouldn't be able to support the high-resolution data of HD video. 

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