Want even higher quality image files? Researchers led by a team at the University of Glasgow have been given a grant worth nearly half a million pounds to work on 'surface plasmon resonance'. Yep, you read that right.
Essentially they want to work at the particulate level of metals to try and make better use of the electron properties within the metals. By doing this, they hope to make the CMOS sensors more sensitive to light and colour and hence produce higher quality images.
Their research project is due to run until 2012, so I wouldn't hold your breath if you expect to see it in Canon's next dSLR!
More info on the story over on the BBC site.....