Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor

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A Sony Corporation logo is displayed at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan
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Sony has just announced a new CMOS sensor for smartphones that captures 48-megapixel photos — the highest pixel count in the industry.

The sensor is the world’s first to feature an ultra-small pixel size of just 0.8μm, which is what allows it to stuff 48-megapixels onto a 1/2-inch sensor.

“The increased pixel count enables high-definition imaging even on smartphones which use digital zoom,” notes Sony.
With every new big branded smartphone that’s unveiled, expectations for camera setups increase. But simply adding megapixels won’t do the trick.

In fact, more megapixels can actually work against photos taken in low light. Sony says that it gets around that by adopting Quad Bayer colour filter array.


Further, Sony notes that its built-in exposure control technology and signal processing functionality enable “real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products”.

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Other features of the Sony IMX586 include 4K video recording at 30fps, 480fps high-speed recording at 1080p, phase-detect autofocus, and HDR imaging.

The company plans to starting shipping samples this September, each unit costing 3,000 JPY (approximately $27).

Edited by Neo Sesinye
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