Is it best to have a high-resolution cell phone camera sensor or a lower resolution one with better light affectability? Sony says you can have both with its most recent stacked CMOS picture sensor.
Since the digital SLR cameras are now heading towards mirrorless cameras the mobile cameras are also innovating fast, the IMX586 has the industry’s highest pixel count with 48 megapixels, bettering top of the line cameras like its own A7R III, all crushed into a telephone estimated 8.0 mm diagonal unit. In the meantime, four adjacent pixels can be included amid low light shooting, yielding a 12-megapixel sensor that conveys bright, low noise images.
Putting 48 megapixels on a chip that size yields a 0.8-micron pixel pitch, which would regularly give you high resolution yet poor night time shooting capacity. In any case, Sony’s “Quad Bayer” color channel cluster can likewise combine four pixels into one. That yields a compelling pixel pitch of 1.6 micrometers, essentially superior to Google’s Pixel 2 XL (1.4 microns), extraordinary compared to other low-light cell phone cameras out there.
Quad Bayer sounds much like the “Pixel Fusion” tech utilized by Huawei in its P20 Pro cell phone. It apparently utilizes Sony’s 40-megapixel IMX600 to convey high resolution pictures, yet can likewise consolidate four pixels to make a 10-megapixel sensor with much better light gathering ability.
Sony’s signal processing tech additionally permits quick yield velocities and dynamic range “four times greater than conventional products.” To wit, it would let you record 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video at 90 fps, and 1080p at a time-stopping 240 fps.
Sony, which spun off its picture sensor division in 2015, right now overwhelms sensor deals for both cell phones and premium DSLR/mirrorless cameras. Last quarter, it pledged to keep up that situation by spending up to $9 billion developing new tech.
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