Sony has announced a new image sensor for smartphones that features 48 effective megapixels (8,000×6,000 pixels). The new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor is touted to sport the industry’s highest pixel count onto a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) unit, suitable for smartphones. The Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor is expected to arrive in future smartphones soon for better daylight photos that render great detail.
The company has confirmed that the sample shipments will begin from September, and the price of IMX586 CMOS image sensor will be JPY 3,000 (roughly Rs. 1,800) excluding additional taxes that vary with each country.
The IMX586 CMOS image sensor is smartphone-compatible, as it comes in a compact 8.0mm diagonal unit and enables HD imaging even on smartphones with digital zoom. It sports Sony’s exposure control technology and signal processing functionality enabling a dynamic range that is claimed to be four times greater than conventional products. It also brings features like image plane phase-difference AF, HDR imaging, and supports 4K shooting as well, at up to 90fps, while 1080p recording goes up to 240fps, and 720p recording goes up to 480fps. At full resolution, it can only record video at 30fps.