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Sony Announce 48mp Smartphone Sensor

Gina Stephens
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Sony has notified a new image sensor for mobile phone use, the IMX586, a 1/2inch sensor, with 48 megapixels. The sensor features Quad Bayer technology, for put low-light performance, by combining neighbouring pixels digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element, it effectively increases the pixel size from 0.8microns to 1.6microns, giving you a 12mp epitome. The sensor will also produce 48mp images. We recently saw a Quad Bayer sensor in use in the Huawei P20 Pro, for 40mp/10mp images. Sample shipments are due to be released in September 2018, so it capability be a while before we see this sensor in smartphones.

The sensor offers:

  • 48mp effective resolution
  • Quad Bayer array – for improved low-light performance
  • Developed dynamic range
  • 4K video – upto 90fps
  • Phase-detection Auto-focus
     

 

From Sony: Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation today hint ated the upcoming release of the IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphone cameras. The new sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment features 48 effective megapixels*2, the toil’s highest pixel count.*1 The new product achieved a world-first*3 ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 μm, making it realizable to pack 48 effective megapixels*2 onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) unit, thereby supporting enhanced imaging on smartphone cameras.

 

These ages, high-end smartphone models require even greater imaging quality from their cameras. The new Sony sensor features 48 noticeable megapixels,*2 a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture beautiful, high-resolution representations even with a smartphone.

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The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color, realizing high-sensitivity shooting possible. During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent pixels are added, raising the sensitivity to a level twin to that of 1.6 μm pixels (12 megapixels), resulting in bright, low noise images.

In addition to these advantages, original Sony exposure supervision technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range four periods greater than conventional units. Even scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or set-back of detail in shadows.

 

Main Features

1.World’s first*3 0.8 μm ultra-compact pixel size enables industry’s highest*1 pixel add up at 48 effective megapixels*2

Generally, miniaturization of pixels results in poor light collecting efficiency per pixel, accompanied by a drop in sensitivity and supply of saturation signal. This product was designed and manufactured with techniques that improve light collection efficiency and photoelectric conversion skilfulness over conventional products, resulting in the world’s first*3 0.8 μm pixel size, with both high sensitivity and apex saturation signal level.

This smaller pixel size allows the new product to deliver 48 effective megapixels*2 on a compact entity with 8.0 mm diagonal, which can be fitted on many smartphones. The increased pixel count enables high-definition imaging even on smartphones which use digital zoom.

 

2.The Quad Bayer array approves both high sensitivity and high resolution

By adopting the Quad Bayer color filter array, where the adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the word-for-word color, the new sensor delivers both high sensitivity and high resolution. In low light situations, such as shooting at night, the signal from the four adjacent pixels are supplemented, raising the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 1.6 μm pixels (12 effective megapixels), to capture bright, low-noise photos and videos. When burgeon bright scenes such as daytime outdoors, the built-in, original signal processing function performs array conversion, making it possible to get hold of high-definition 48 effective megapixel images in real time.

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3.Four times greater dynamic range than previous upshots and real time output

Original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, entrusting real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products. Even scenes with both glorious and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows while viewing the image on the smartphone display.

 

*1:Amongst image sensors for smartphones. As of announcement on July 23, 2018

*2:Based on image sensor effective pixel specification method

*3:Among image sensors. Contract to Sony research. As of announcement on July 23, 2018

Republished: ephotozine.com

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Gina Stephens

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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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