The manufacturer promises that with a new camera sensor smartphones will be shot at the level of SLR cameras.
Despite the fact that the mobile unit of Sony shows not the best results, the Japanese company remains the leader in the market for image sensors. Its latest development, CMOS-sensor IMX586 promises a quantum leap in mobile photography.
The new sensor is positioned by the manufacturer as the world’s smallest sensor with a pixel size of 0.8 μm and a record resolution for smartphones at the current time, which is 48 Mp (8000 × 6000 pixels).
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Sony engineers used the IMX586 array of color filters Quad Bayer, which allows each individual pixel to use signals from four neighboring pixels. This should increase the sensitivity of the sensor, which roughly corresponds to a 12-megapixel image with 1.6-micron pixels.
IMX586 supports shooting video in 4K at a rate of 90 frames per second, FullHD 240 fps and HD 480 fps. It is noted that the capabilities of the new image sensor are comparable with SLR cameras. Here, the signals are processed directly by the sensor, exposure control and a wider dynamic range in real time.
Similar technologies were experimented with by Nokia with its 808 PureView and Huawei with P20 Pro. However, unlike them, the solution from Sony certainly will get more widespread. Moreover, the IMX586 remains the same size, so smartphone manufacturers will not have to puzzle over finding a place for a new sensor.
The first samples of the sensor IMX586 Sony plan to send to its partners in September this year. Their cost is about $27. The appearance of smartphones with new sensors should be expected in the market next year.
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