Sony which is among the major players in the image sensors for smartphones segment has launched IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphone cameras today which is 48 megapixels and might compete SLR cameras with good performance.
Sony in its official release of the sensor stated that with having that many pixels implies benefits like high-sensitivity and high-saturation levels. With each pixel measuring 0.8 micrometers, the sensor measure only 8 mm. The new IMX586 would take the competition to a new level and premium phones might be seen embracing to opt for one of the better sensors expected to deliver best results for photography in smartphones.
Among another new and unique things which sensor boasts would be Quad Bayer color filter used by IMX586 in which each 2×2 pixels use the same color which is especially useful in low-light situations where the colors of those four adjacent pixels are added up, resulting in a high-quality, low-noise 12 megapixel image During shooting of bright scenes such as daytime outdoors, the built-in, original signal processing function performs array conversion, resulting in obtaining high-definition 48 effective megapixel images in real time.
Sony in its release also claims that original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products. Even scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows while viewing the image on the smartphone display.
The new image sensor would start shipping in September and there is fair chance that the Sony IMX586 will debut in the Xperia XZ3 which could debut at IFA 2018 in September.
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