Sony has announced its next generation 21-megapixel camera sensor called Exmor RS IMX230. The sensors are capable of delivering higher image quality and bring with it improved functionalities. The highlight of the camera includes quick tracking AF, live HDR and 4K video recording capabilities.
The Exmor RS IMX230 comes with a new signal processor and a section of back-illuminated pixels. The company has been using the same structural design since a couple of years now, but the compact design is what differentiates the IMX230 from the rest.
The IMX230 also features super-fast tracking auto-focus, and better HDR, that would soon be employed in future smartphones cameras. The 21-megapixel camera sensor has 1/2.4-inch CMOS sensor stacks which results in “superior image quality and high functionality in a compact size.” The IMX230 sports up to 192 phase detect AF points.
When this sensor will make its way to smartphones, it would be possible for the first time to have mirrorless camera AF performance, and HDR capability that supports still images to 4K video. The sensor will start shipping in April of 2015. You can click here to check the kind of images the sensor is capable of taking.