comscore Sony Honami rumored to sport 1/1.6-inch camera sensor, possible CyberShot features

Sony Honami rumored to sport 1/1.6-inch camera sensor, possible CyberShot features

Yesterday we reported that Sony was planning to launch a smartphone that goes by a the codename Honami in the second half of the year. The device is said to have an 20-megapixel or 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, which points towards impressive imaging capabilities and now thanks to Taiwanese site VR-Zone, more details about the camera sensor have emerged. Also Read - Microsoft to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation even after Activision acquisition

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Reportedly, it will have an 1/1.6-inch Exmor RS stacked sensor and will have a Sony CyberShot G lens, which is a premium grade glass lens. If one looks at the sensor size alone then we know this is a massive sensor for a smartphone. Only the Nokia PureView 808 has a larger 1/1.2-inch sensor and it barely pips the Nokia N8 in terms of sensor size which had a 1/1.83-inch sensor. Even the Samsung Galaxy camera pales in sensor size, leave alone the newly launched Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones. Also Read - PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi shrugs off metaverse, says VR headsets are annoying

Sony is planning to incorporate a Xenon or a dual LED flash setup so that the images are 10 times brighter than normal smartphones. There is even word of a new Plasma Flash technology, but this does not look so feasible.

According to the report, Sony wants to have the biggest camera sensor on an Android smartphone and wants to eclipse the Nokia N8 purely in terms of technical specifications for the camera.

The report says that, it will adopt new image processing algorithms that will be similar to its CyberShot point and shoot cameras. There will also be a new revamped camera UI, and many new features from the 2013 line of CyberShot cameras will be available on the phone. A new mode called Superior Auto Scene Recognition will be added to the camera stack that will improve over the Superior Auto mode found in the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.

It goes without saying that such a massive sensor will have an impact on the overall design of the smartphone. However, for the Honami, Sony internally estimates a thickness of 10mm which will make it much slimmer than the Nokia PureView 808 and the N8. Both these devices had a massive camera bulge on the back that added to the thickness.

Sony plans on adopting a glass and metal chassis for the device but Carbon Fibre will also make an appearance.

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  • Published Date: May 1, 2013 8:08 AM IST

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