Sony today announced the new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for flagship smartphone cameras. The new sensor features 48 effective megapixels, the highest pixel count in the industry. Thanks to the ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 ?m, Sony was able to pack 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) sensor size. The increased pixel count will enable great imaging experience even on smartphones which use digital zoom. Take a look at the image above.
Sony also claims that the new sensor delivers both high sensitivity and high resolution because of the Quad Bayer color filter array, where the adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color. This will enable you to capture bright, low-noise photos and videos.
Sony has also built the exposure control technology and signal processing functionality into the image sensor, allowing real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional camera sensors. Scenes that are both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.
Sony will be shipping this sensor in September this year to OEMs.