Sony has announced the launch of a new stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphones that comes with 48 megapixels.
This new sensor features the highest pixel count for a smartphone cameras and it will be capable of 4K video at 90 frames per second and video beyond 4K.
Sony Corporation today announced the upcoming release of the IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphone cameras. The new sensor features 48 effective megapixels*2, the industry’s highest pixel count.*1 The new product achieved a world-first*3 ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 μm, making it possible to pack 48 effective megapixels*2 onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) unit, thereby supporting enhanced imaging on smartphone cameras.
Generally, miniaturization of pixels results in poor light collecting efficiency per pixel, accompanied by a drop in sensitivity and volume of saturation signal. This product was designed and manufactured with techniques that improve light collection efficiency and photoelectric conversion efficiency over conventional products, resulting in the world’s first*3 0.8 μm pixel size, with both high sensitivity and high saturation signal level.
As yet there are no details on when this new stacked 48 megapixel smartphone camera from Sony will launch, we could possibly see it in a Sony smartphone before the end of the year.