Sony's new image sensor for smartphones has 48 effective megapixels

Sony's new image sensor for smartphones has 48 effective megapixels

Obviously, this sensor will have to be tested out in various lighting conditions to make sure of this claim but smartphones, in general, have always struggled in low-lighting conditions.

'The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, *2 a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture lovely, high-resolution images even with a smartphone'.

Sony has revealed a radical new sensor chip that could dramatically improve your smartphone pictures. That conversion is how the company arrives at that 48-MP effective resolution. According to Sony, this is the world's smallest pixel size of 0.8 μm, which is why it's possible to pack 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type unit. Take a look at the image above.

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"Generally, miniaturization of pixels results in poor light collecting efficiency per pixel, accompanied by a drop in sensitivity and volume of saturation signal", Sony says. In addition to these advantages, original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range four times greater than conventional units. The ultra-small pixels mean that the new image sensor comes in at just 8mm diagonal despite the impressive pixel count.

This increased pixel count allows for 8,000 x 6,000 photos and high-definition imaging even when an image is zoomed in, the company says. Sony's new sensor compensates for its little pixels by use of what's called a Quad Bayer color filter array: in low light, groups of four adjacent pixels essentially act as one. When shooting in low light, the data from these 4-pixel grids are combined and interpreted as 1.6μm pixels with double the size, allowing bright, low-noise 12-megapixel photos to be captured.

Sony is hands-down the primary supplier of image sensors for phones.

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