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Sony Has Released the Smartphone Industry’s First 48MP Sensor That Goes Beyond Recording 4K Footage at 60FPS

Jul 23, 2018
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As smartphone’s imaging capabilities get better and better, manufacturers like Sony and Samsung will continue to push the boundaries of technology with its own hardware designed to make compact devices even more proficient in photography and videography. The latest IMX586 sensor from the Japanese giant is a 48MP sensor that will allow future smartphones to record videos and snap images with greater detail. Here is more information on the matter.

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The 48 effective megapixels are found on an 8mm diagonal unit, which will enable enhanced photography in smartphones of the future. 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. On top of that, during low light capturing, the signal from the four adjacent pixels are added, further increasing the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 12 megapixels, resulting in bright, low noise images.

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Obviously, this sensor will have to be tested out in various lighting conditions to make sure of this claim but smartphones, in general, have always struggled in low-lighting conditions. Let us hope that this release will be able to mitigate the problem to a higher degree.

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. As a result, scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows.

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Before we forget, the sensor is also capable of recording 4K footage at an outstanding 90 frames second, 1080p video at 240 frames per second and 720p clips at 480 frames per second. While the remaining two figures is something that we’ve seen already, being able to record 4K footage at 90FPS is going to be new to mobile phones, as the maximum limit for capturing UHD footage is 60FPS.

Let us hope that this sensor finds its way to one of Sony’s flagships, possibly the Xperia XZ3.

Source: Sony

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