Panasonic sensor technology research shows they are developing sensors for future products that have the capability to capture high dynamic range images in a single exposure. This will make is possible to have cameras using a global shutter with an incredibly wide dynamic range.
Here’s a link to more information regarding the research from Panasonics. Much of the document is in Japanese but it is well illustrated and parts are in English so some may find it interesting. Panasonic.com
This promises to bring increased quality to a range of camera products. Let’s hope that it happens soon.