Sony, one of the largest suppliers of image sensors for smartphones, has announced the next generation sensor for mobile devices. The Japanese giant has announced the availability of its new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor.
The new Sony IMX586, according to Sony, has the world’s smallest pixel size of 0.8 micrometer, making it capable of packing 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type sensor unit. The IMX586 comes integrated with Sony’s exposure control technology and signal processing functionality directly into the image sensor. This allows for real-time output with a much better dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional units.
The Sony IMX586 also uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color allowing for a higher sensitivity shooting. The sensor can also be devised to use signals from four adjacent pixels during low light, which will result in increased sensitivity that will match the levels of a sensor packing 12 effective megapixels. With IMX586 image sensor, Sony is essentially promising brighter images with lower noise regardless of the lighting conditions.
“This product was designed and manufactured with techniques that improve light collection efficiency and photoelectric conversion efficiency over conventional products, resulting in the world’s first 0.8 μm pixel size, with both high sensitivity and high saturation signal level,” Sony said in a released statement.
The Sony IMX586 will be capable of recording full frame at 30 frames per second but can also record 4K videos (4096×2160) at 90 frames per second. All major flagship smartphones in the market are capable of recording 4K videos at 60 frames per second. The new CMOS image sensor will begin shipping in September and Sony has put a price of 3,000 Japanese Yen (around Rs 1,850) for the sample. The image sensor could be at the heart of Apple’s future iPhone and upcoming Google Pixel smartphones.