Smartphones with 48-megapixel cameras are coming

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On July 23, the company announced its all-new IMX586 sensor that features the highest megapixel count and smallest pixel size we've seen on a mobile sensor to-date.

Sony's IMX586 sensor should appear in smartphones as of next year, as the company is now planning on shipping samples in September for 3,000 yen ($27) each. Its record-breaking 48-megapixel sensor is bound to be a step in the right direction for the firm's ambitious goals.

The new sensor boasts 48 effective megapixels which the Japanese manufacturer is labelling the "highest pixel count" in the industry.

It believes the new complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) IMX586 sensor, capable of delivering an image resolution of 8000 x 6000, will achieve that. With each pixel measuring 0.8 micrometers, the sensor measure only 8 mm, just large enough for a 1/2-inch type sensor.

'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'.

"These days, high-end smartphone models require even greater imaging quality from their cameras", Sony says.

Sony says that it has used the "Quad Bayer colour filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same colour, making high-sensitivity shooting possible". That means photos will be captured with the equivalent of a 12-megapixel camera with 1.6-micron pixels, which should increase detail when a photo is zoomed in on. Four times greater dynamic range than previous products and real time output Original Sony 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.

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