Sony show off 48-megapixel CMOS image sensor for smartphones

Sony has announced the upcoming release of the IMX586 stacked CMOS sensor for smartphone cameras.

The new sensor features 48 effective megapixels. It achieved an ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 μm, making it possible to pack 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type, 8.0mm diagonal unit.

The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer colour filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same colour, making high-sensitivity shooting possible.

During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent pixels are added, raising the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 1.6 μm pixels, resulting in bright, low noise images, according to Sony.

Original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products, according to Sony.

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