Sony has just announced a 0.8-micrometre pixel size sensor for cameras, the smallest CMOS image sensor in the world. The new sensor, called the Sony IMX586 will offer much higher image quality because it will be capable of packing 48 effective megapixels (8000 x 6000), onto a 1/2-type sensor unit. This is the highest pixel count in the industry, stated the leading sensor maker.
Sony’s new sensor in town
The IMX586 sensor offers 4x better real-time output with better dynamic range by directly integrating Sony’s exposure control and signal processing technology. As a matter of fact, simply cramming more megapixels is not the only way of improving image quality. In fact, if done wrong, that can actually result in bad quality. That’s why Sony is using a quad Bayer colour filter array where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same colour resulting in high light sensitivity. The company says this solution will result in sensitivity to match the levels of a sensor packing 12 effective megapixels.
“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 0.8 μm pixel size, with both high sensitivity and high saturation signal level,” Sony said in a released statement.
The SonyIMX586 sensor will also record full frames at 30fps, however, it also has the capacity to record 4k videos (4096×2160) at 90 frames per second. The new CMOS sensor will ship starting September and a single unite will cost 3,000 Yen or $27.