A 0.8 micron pixel size might seem small and less efficient in capturing the entire light information, especially in low light.
Yup, you read that right, there's gonna be a 48MP sensor by Sony and that has set the bar of the highest pixel count in the industry.
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.
Sony Has Released the Smartphone Industry’s First 48MP Sensor That Goes Beyond Recording 4K Footage at 60FPS
Once upon a time, smartphone cameras were judged by their megapixel counts. On the contrary, Huwaei P20 is only able to achieve 40MP sensor which also packs a Quad Bayer arrangement. With that, this is why it was possible to pack in the 48MP into the 1/2 type unit and it's a flawless solution for smartphones that don't really allow as much as space a DSLR. Indeed, the single sample that Sony shared offers noticeably higher resolution while keeping noise levels low, although the image was clearly taken in sensor-friendly broad daylight. Better dynamic range means that pictures with both bright and darker areas should have more detailed highlights and shadows.
More importantly, the IMX586 utilizes a Quad Bayer color filter where each 2×2 pixels use the same color. The efficacy of Sony's new sensor will depend in large part on the devices it lives in.
Adding these four adjacent pixels raises the camera's sensitivity to the equivalent of an efficient 1.6 μm pixels (12 megapixels).
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. The IMX586 is apparently the world's first sensor to feature a pixel size of 0.8 μm - and those tiny pixels allowed for Sony to cram a whole lot of them into a sensor small enough to fit in a smartphone chassis.
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