Sony Smartphone continues to become a market leader in image sensors. Its latest design, IMX586 promises a leap in the quality of the image by increasing the resolution to 48 megapixel, which Sony claims to be the highest pixel count in the industry as of now.
Image quality is not just a matter of adding more megapixels to it, that can even be counterproductive with smaller pixels as well which leads to noisy photos in low light.
The 0.8-micron pixel which is used in this sensor is going to be the smallest in the market. But Sony claims that it will get around with the help of a quad Bayer color filter array and allows each pixel to use signals from four different adjacent pixels, which raises light sensitivity and is equivalent of a 12 Megapixel image captured with 1.6-micron pixels.
Some of the phones from Huawei P20 Pro and Nokia 808 preview have already experimented that similar pixel binning techniques on the sensors with having the pixels 40 or more, but Sony IMX586 is going to provide a mainstream solution. It is keeping the size down to 8mm diagonal, which plays a big part in the camera’s ability to resolve an image.
We can expect to see the IMX586 on smartphones by the next year. Sony is planning to start shipping samples by the end of this September at the cost of $27 each.
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