Resolution revolution? Sony's new image sensor boasts 48MP

Sony releases a new phone with a better more clear camera

According to the Sony website, the new sensor is called IMX586 stacked CMOS image and is now the world's first ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8μm.

The new image sensor claims to be the world's first 48MP smartphone camera, and it also features an industry-leading pixel size of 0.8μm. This all means that in those low-light situations imaging data from four adjacent pixels is being added in order to achieve sensitivity comparable to that of 1.6 μm pixels.

When both images are zoomed in the differences between the new sensor and older technology is night and day.

On Monday, Sony unveiled the IMX586 camera sensor, which has an effective megapixel count of 48 (8000 x 6000).

A 0.8 micron pixel size might seem small and less efficient in capturing the entire light information, especially in low light.

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The images on the left shows a shot from a conventional phone camera image (with 12 effective megapixels), while the right side shows photos from a camera with the IMX586 sensor (with 48 effective megapixels).

Sony is labelling the new unit "compact" - it measures up at 8millimetres diagonally, meaning phones that adopt it should not have to carry a huge camera bump.

More megapixels don't always translate to great-looking photos, but they do result in much more detail being captured.

Sony says it will begin shipping the IMX586 sensor in September 2018 with a unit price of ¥3,000 (~$27).

Sony also says the new sensor offers four times greater dynamic range than previous products thanks to the company's exposure control and signal processing, which also enables real-time output. What is unique to Sony's newly revealed tech is the combination of the highest pixel count balanced out by a competent sensitivity adjusting filter. It's possible that Apple could use this sensor in its future iPhones models.

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