Sony has developed new backside- illuminated CMOS sensors specific for use in smartphones. With these CMOS sensors Sony strives to enhance low-light shooting capabilities, while at the same time adding HDR video capabilities. Sony is using a ‘RGBW’ pixel arrangement, which basically adds a white pixel to the standard red, green and blue pixels. With this arrangement Sony will improve sensitivity in conjunction with enhanced signal processing. On the other hand, for HDR video, Sony aims to provide enhanced image quality without blowing up highlights. Also Read - Surprise! Apple is a camera company!
Sony has developed a new manufacturing technique for these three sensors where it stacks the circuitry to reduce overall size of the sensor and the power consumption. A new 8.0 MP sensor will ship in March, however it will not have the RGBW pixel arrangement. But between June and August, the company will ship 13.0 MP and 8.0 MP sensors with RGBW arrangement. Sony has a particularly large market share in terms of smartphone sensors. Sony and Omnivision can stake claim to the bulk of the market, however Sony manufactures the coveted image sensor found in the iPhone 4S and this could be likely available in time for the next iPhone refresh. Hit the break and checkout a demo Sony has released. Also Read - Modified iPhone shows promise against type 1 diabetes