When we begin to talk about manufacturers who have the best smartphone cameras, we’ll have to mention the likes of Nokia Lumia devices, Huawei, Motorola, Sony among many others. However, according to the latest reports, Sony has unveiled IMX586, a new smartphone camera sensor that features a total of 48 megapixels (8,000 X 6,000 pixels).
Sony IMX586 Smartphone Camera Sensor
I guess you guys still remember the Nokia Lumia 1020 which houses a hefty 41-megapixel camera and the new Huawei P20 Pro which also holds a powerful 40-megapixel camera. Well, the new Sony IMX586 surpasses these cameras and every other smartphone cameras.
On the company’s official website, Sony stated;
The new sensor adopts a Quad Bayer colour filter array, where adjacent 2×2 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 (12 megapixels), resulting in bright, low noise images.
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. Even scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.
Moreover, in a press release, Sony said that the increased pixel count will be able to capture extreme high-quality photos even when devices use the digital zoom.
The IMX586 CMOS image sensor is expected to ship with smartphones as from next year has the company has confirmed it on their website that it’ll begin shipments as from September, and the price of IMX586 CMOS image sensor will be JPY 3,000 (roughly ₦10,000).