Sony has announced its latest mobile camera, a new IMX 318 22.5 megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor which the company says is the first stacked CMOS image sensor with built in Hybrid Auto Focus.
We suspect that this new IMX 318 Sony Exmor RS sensor will be used in the company’s flagship handsets this year and can expect it to debut in the Xperia Z6.
The IMX318 boasts a stacked structure and the industry’s smallest unit pixels, which measure 1.0μm (micrometers) in size. With this, the image sensor achieves a compact, type 1/2.6 size suitable for inclusion into smartphones, while still realizing a high resolution of 22.5 effective megapixels, among the top in the industry. This new image sensor not only boasts enhanced resolution, but it also matches its predecessor in image quality despite the IMX318’s smaller size and unit pixels (IMX230 predecessor model: type 1/2.4 sensor with 1.12μm unit pixel size). Additionally, Sony has succeeded in equipping the IMX318 with cutting-edge digital imaging features, namely high speed built-in hybrid AF and 3-axis electronic image stabilization for video, a first*1 for the industry. With this image sensor, the user can capture image stills of those decisive moments reliably in high quality, as well as high resolution video without fear of blur.
Sony has said that they will start shipping this new mobile camera in may of this year, you can find out more details at the link below.
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