Sony Announces World’s First 48 Megapixel Camera For Smartphones

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Moreover, the press release details that the increased pixel count will manage to capture extreme high-quality photos amid the digital zoom. With each pixel measuring 0.8 micrometers, the sensor measure only 8 mm, just large enough for a 1/2-inch type sensor.

With the new revelation, Sony has raised the smartphone camera standards to a whole new level. In short, enhanced images from your smartphone's camera. A quad-Bayer filter sacrifices daytime precise detail for better low light performance, and the implementation of lossless zoom in both still and video mode will be down to the individual manufacturers using this in their phones in 2019.

48 megapixels takes the sensor to true SLR height but it's more than just about numbers. Pixel combining is a common thing on the most recent smartphone cameras - it's one of the elements of the LG G7's Super Bright camera, for example. Sony's 0.8-micron pixels are now the smallest on the market, however its use of a quad Bayer colour filter array helps each pixel coordinate with those that surround it to essentially create a larger pixel. With the new IMX586 image sensor, Sony is assuring brighter pictures with lower noise despite low-light conditions. Sony exposure control and signal processing functionality are integrated into the sensor to allow real-time output and superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products. Going by the spec sheet, other features of the sensor include full frame burst capture at 30 fps and support for 4K video recording at 90 fps and 1080p video recording at 240 fps. According to Sony, the sensor will be ready for sampling this September, and it'll cost device makers around $27 per unit.

Sony's image sensor business so far has been quite profitable racking in $5.9 billion in revenues in 2017.