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17.7-megapixel CMOS sensor by Sony promises 120-fps video at maximum resolution

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17.7-megapixel CMOS sensor by Sony promises 120-fps video at maximum resolution
According to Nikkei, Japan's biggest business news source, Sony has announced it has successfully developed a new 17.7-megapixel CMOS sensor intended for use in future mobile phones and digital cameras. Such resolution isn't something one can find on a smartphone today, but that isn't what stands out in this case. The new sensor is Sony's first, which is capable of capturing and transferring data at a rate of 34.8 Gbps – making it about five times faster than previous models, and it does it without stressing the battery either.

Thanks tho the greatly improved transfer speeds, the new sensor is theoretically capable of capturing video with a resolution of 17.7 megapixels (with 1080p video being a bit over 2 megapixels) at the impressive 120 frames per second, considering the device it has been attached to has the necessary processing power and storage capacity. Sony states this has been achieved by applying a new technique, which enables the sensor to “convert multiple pixels into signals simultaneously” resulting in the final image being generated up to four times faster than before. We can expect to see the 17.7-megapixel shooter appearing on cameraphones, as well as on Sony's CyberShot series of point-and-shoot cameras, but finding out when is only a matter of time.

source: Nikkei (reg. required) via Engadget

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posted on 01 Mar 2011, 10:40 5

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


great.. 17.7 megapixels of grainy video because that lens is still so damn tiny. can we please get a slightly bigger lens??? lol.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 14:25 3

7. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


exactly. i'm tired of hearing MP this, MP that. if it's got terrible optics, it's still gonna take shitty pictures, just really big shitty pictures.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:14 2

2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1021; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Cannot wait to see what this can pump out and what devices it will come out in.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:21 1

3. ryq (unregistered)


well expect samsung or lg to come out with 20mp camera sensor and they will be the first in the market just so they can say they were first. thats how competitive the korean are right now while japanese companies have already lose their mojos.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 11:44 2

4. ._. (unregistered)


What for is this, whe optics itslef is as good as bottom of the bottle. Till the lens have higher quality will be this run for more and more pixels like "more stripes mean more Adidas...

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:32 1

5. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)


Since this is Sony, the USA should see this in 2years!

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 13:01 2

6. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


It just can't be a good camera. Of that size.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 19:05 1

8. cdawg (unregistered)


Bet it is slow at taking pictures as like every other sony

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 19:07 1

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Sony will supply the camera components of the iphone5. Exciting.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 01:42 1

10. starwish (unregistered)


I am wondering which interface will support 17.7MP with 34.8Gbps in mobile???

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:17

11. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)


Android or ios sure!

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 07:25

12. and1one66 (unregistered)


Hmm, 17.7 MP camera but still a small sensor wouldn't innovate anything since a 12 MP of Nokia N8-00 changes it. Even at 12 MP, it can beat an 18 MP DSLR camera with bigger lens.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 12:03

13. ususer (unregistered)


this lens is designed for mobile phones this is reason of their small size

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