comscore Sony announces IMX318 22.5-megapixel camera sensor with HybridAF, 3-Axis Electronic Image Stabilization and more

Sony announces IMX318 22.5-megapixel camera sensor with HybridAF, 3-Axis Electronic Image Stabilization and more

Sony has announced a new 22.5-megapixel camera image sensor IMX318 which comes with Hybrid auto-focus and 3-axis electronic image stabilization. This new camera sensor is likely to be equipped in smartphones that will be released in second half of the year.

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Sony’s camera sensors are used by most smartphone vendors including Samsung’s Galaxy line and Apple’s iPhone among others. Now, Sony’s camera division has taken wraps off a new IMX318 CMOS Exmor RS sensor for smartphones with a host of built-in features, more megapixels and relatively smaller dimensions. Touted as one of its kind, the new sensor comes with a stacked design, 3-axis electronic image stabilization and built-in Hybrid auto focus. Also Read - PlayStation 5 restock: Do Indians have a reason to smile?

In terms of resolution, the IMX318 gets a modest bump to 22.5-megapixels compared to its predecessor IMX230’s 20-megapixels. And despite the increase in resolution, the new sensor is thinner and smaller with diagonal measurement of just 6.86 millimeters. Besides the tiny dimensions, the sensor can handle 4K recording at 30fps, slow motion video in full HD (1080p) at 120fps and at 240 fps in HD (720p) resolution. Also Read - Apple AR headset to launch in late 2022 with mac-level computing power: Kuo

The IMX318 sensor also supports hybrid auto-focus, which Sony claims can focus in 0.03 seconds together with phase detection auto focus and contrast detection auto focus. That’s not all; the sensor also includes three-axis electronic image stabilization for videos to correct lens distortion and camera shake. Also Read - Xiaomi India could soon start a repair program similar to Apple's Self Service Repair program

The company has also released two videos to demonstrate the key features of the sensor, which you can check out below.

Sony says the new camera sensor will start shipping to smartphone manufacturers in May this year, so it is possible that the iPhone 7 could come equipped with this sensor.

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  • Published Date: February 18, 2016 6:24 PM IST

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