Sony announces new IMX586 image sensor with 48 megapixel resolution

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Sony announces new IMX586 image sensor with 48 megapixel resolution

The firm claimed the phone would record "details never thought possible from a smartphone" and analysts called it the best smartphone camera on the market.

'The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, *2 a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture lovely, high-resolution images even with a smartphone'. That conversion is how the company arrives at that 48-MP effective resolution. Sony, however, seems to be turning things around again with its new IMX586 image sensor for smartphones. In terms of performance, Sony's IMX586 image sensor rivals that of the high-performance SLR cameras and allows users to capture state-of-the-art, high-res pictures with a smartphone.

Additionally, Sony's exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products. Scenes that are both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.

Sony IMX586 will cram 48 megapixels into smartphone cameras
48MP Sony IMX586 imaging sensor announced, samples ship September

In fact, the greater the megapixel count, the smaller each pixel is, creating more of a chance of coloured noise in low-light photography. The increased pixel count enables high-definition imaging even on smartphones which use digital zoom. The latest sensor utilizes a Quad Bayer colour filter array, where adjacent 2 x 2 pixels come in the same colour allowing for higher sensitivity shooting.

In addition to this, Sony's also shrunk the pixel size down to an impressive 0.8 μm. At 1.6µm as a combined pixel, you'll still be able to get a 12-megapixel photo where the LG G7's image would be reduced to 4 megapixels. Perhaps the novelty of the sensor will be enough for DxOMark to actually put Sony's flagships to the test for the world to see where high-end Xperia phones truly stand.

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