Sony reveals 'monstrous' 48 megapixel sensor

Sony reveals 'monstrous' 48 megapixel sensor

Sony reveals 'monstrous' 48 megapixel sensor

Sony says it has created the highest pixel count sensor for a smartphone with its new IMX586 sensor. At the same time, four adjacent pixels can be added together during low light shooting, yielding a 12-megapixel sensor that delivers "bright, low noise images", Sony said.

When both images are zoomed in the differences between the new sensor and older technology is night and day. What this means is that you get a record-breaking 48 megapixels packed into a tiny 8.0 mm sized diagonal unit ideal for even the most compact of smartphones. Pixels in a smartphone camera sensor are generally larger than 1 μm; the Pixel 2's sensor, for example, features 1.4-μm pixels.

The increased pixel count in the sensor will help to maintain high-resolution images even when using digital zoom according to Sony. Take a look at the image above. The Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor is expected to arrive in future smartphones soon for better daylight photos that render great detail.

'The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, *2 a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture handsome, high-resolution images even with a smartphone'.

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Sony will start shipping samples of the IMX586 in September 2018, so we can probably expect the first smartphones sporting the sensor in early 2019.

Its 0.8 micron pixel size will work with a Quad Bayer color filter array to match the colors of the adjacent 2 x 2 pixels and avoid noisy, dim image quality when taking photos in low-light conditions.

But when shooting in bright scenes (e.g. daytime outdoors), a signal processing function is used to do an array conversion that allows the individual tiny pixels to be used for an ultra-high-res 48-megapixel photo. The IMX586 also has a dynamic range that is "four times greater than conventional products".

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