Sony Unveils the First 48-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor

Sony Unveils the First 48-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor

Sony Unveils the First 48-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor

Sony says this will allow the IMX586 to "capture attractive, high-resolution images even with a smartphone". The IMX586 is apparently the world's first sensor to feature a pixel size of 0.8 μm - and those tiny pixels allowed for Sony to cram a whole lot of them into a sensor small enough to fit in a smartphone chassis. The company prefers lower pixel count sensors that are more light sensitive to snap better all-around shots.

Sony has announced that it's developed a smartphone camera sensor with a silly-high resolution of 48 megapixels. The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same color, making high-sensitivity shooting possible.

'Generally, miniaturization of pixels results in poor light collecting efficiency per pixel, accompanied by a drop in sensitivity and volume of saturation signal, ' Sony says. "The 1.2" sensor can capture 8,000 x 6,000 pixels, which is a full 48 megapixels in 4:3 format. It sports Sony's exposure control technology and signal processing functionality enabling a dynamic range that is claimed to be four times greater than conventional products.

More importantly, the IMX586 utilizes a Quad Bayer color filter where each 2×2 pixels use the same color. On top of that, during low light capturing, the signal from the four adjacent pixels are added, further increasing the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 12 megapixels, which results in bright, low noise images.

In addition to this, Sony's also shrunk the pixel size down to an impressive 0.8 μm.

For bright low-noise photos and videos when shooting at night.

Sony is hands-down the primary supplier of image sensors for phones.

Sony has a strong heritage in cameras, however in recent years the cameras on its flagship smartphones haven't quite hit the same illustrious heights as rivals - but that could be about to change.

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