Sony announces Exmor RS branding for its stacked camera sensors, promises brilliant HDR videos
Going forward, Sony will continue to evolve its digital imaging products, while aggressively pursuing the further development and expansion of its core “Exmor RS” stacked CMOS image sensor technologies and lineup, in order to deliver increasingly diverse and user-friendly image capturing experiences.
The “Exmor RS” is a CMOS image sensor that adopts a unique ‘stacked structure.’ This structure layers the pixel section, containing formations of back-illuminated pixels over the chip affixed with mounted circuits for signal processing, in place of conventional supporting substrates used for back-illuminated CMOS image sensors.
Two of the three “Exmor RS” models Sony is launching are the ‘IMX135’, a type 1/3.06 model with 13.13 effective megapixels and the ‘IMX134’, a type 1/4 model with 8.08 effective megapixels, which feature ‘RGBW coding’ function and ‘HDR (High Dynamic Range) movie’ function. The ‘RGBW coding’ function can capture sharp, clear images even when filmed or photographed in low light conditions, such as a dark room or at night by featuring W (white) pixels in addition to conventional RGB (red-green-blue) pixels, and leveraging Sony’s proprietary device technology and signal processing to heighten sensitivity without compromising its high resolution. ‘HDR (High Dynamic Range) movie’ function enables two different exposure conditions to be configured within a single screen when shooting, and seamlessly performs appropriate image processing to generate optimal images with a wide dynamic range and brilliant colors, even when pictures are taken against bright light. The other “Exmor RS” model is the ‘ISX014’, a type 1/4 model with 8.08 effective megapixels, which has a built-in camera signal processing function.
In addition to the higher image quality and superior functionality, the use of a ‘stacked structure’ has helped Sony to achieve a more compact size.
Sony will also bring to market three compact auto-focus imaging modules equipped with lens units and featuring auto-focus mechanisms that incorporate these image sensors: the ‘IU135F3-Z,’ ‘IU134F9-Z’ and ‘IUS014F-Z’. These three imaging modules adopt a newly-designed lens which has been optimized for the industry’s smallest(*1) 1.12μm unit pixel size to achieve higher resolution.
The ‘IU135F3-Z’ is an auto-focus imaging module incorporating a bright, high-resolution F2.2 lens. The ‘IU134F9-Z’ (W:8.5 x D:8.5 x H:4.2mm(*4)) is thin and compact. The ‘IUS014F-Z’ is an all-in-one imaging module that comprises an image sensor with built-in camera signal processing function and built-in auto-focus and picture adjustment function.
Going forward, Sony plans to continue with the proactive development of its “Exmor RS” stacked CMOS image sensors in order to bring to market imaging modules that achieve higher image quality, advanced functionality and an even more compact size. Sony aims to leverage the characteristics of its ‘stacked structure’ design to respond to the demand for larger screens in devices such as smartphones, where the amount of space available for embedding imaging modules is limited, and to continue expanding its product lineup to better accommodate its customers’ needs.
Demand is growing rapidly for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and Sony is committed to strengthening its production capacity(*2) for stacked CMOS image sensors, which combine the dual strengths of advanced functionality and compact size. This will enable Sony to solidify its position as the global leader in CMOS image sensors, and to act as a driving force for the industry in the future.
1) Commercialization of new, independently-developed "Exmor RS," incorporating the world's first(*1) unique 'stacked structure'
2) This stacked structure facilitates higher image quality, advanced functionality and a more compact size.
- Equipped with 'RGBW coding' and 'HDR movie' functions ("IMX135" and "IMX134")
- Equipped with a built-in camera signal processing function, enabling compatibility with automatic controls, picture adjustment and multiple image output formats (such as YUV) ("ISX014")
1) High resolution has been achieved by adopting a newly-designed lens, which is optimized for the industry's smallest(*1) 1.12μm unit pixel size.
2) The "IU135F3-Z" auto-focus lens module adopts a bright F2.2 high-resolution lens.
3) The "IU134F9-Z" achieves a thin, compact size (W:8.5 x D:8.5 x H:4.2mm(*4)).
4) The "IUS014F-Z" is an all-in-one model capable of picture adjustment that comes equipped with a camera signal processing function.
1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Lets be hoping its on TX / T / J / Mint / Hayabusa or watever..
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
this is my main problem on Sony, their phone names don't ring a bell with the people. too much letters, I think they should have made the Xperia S II instead or something... otherwise, I'd buy a sony phone... I just had a bad experience on the PLAY.
wish it will be cheaper than what pureview has to offer since Photogs will be choosing that over this anytime.
2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Where is SonyFTW? :) The power is yours! :p
4. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
well if nokia come up with the new grapheine method on PW it would be even better
7. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
No no no. Pureview is on a different league. It's a monster from another dimension, a gift from heaven, the beginning and the end, the unstoppable force and the immovable object. It's a camera with a phone OS.
Decent enemies are phones with a camera (get the difference?): like the ones found on some good smartphones (iPhone4/4s, SGS3/SGS2, HtcOneX, XperiaS).
6. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Even if Sony is the manufacturer we will see these sensors in some other company's mobile first.
I dont know why Sony is always late to react.
nokia cant pull out current hardware due to their OS limitations but why cant Sony.
yet to see a quadcore from Sony with a great design and screen.
8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Hope not!!! I dont want sony to sell these sensors to others apart from using them their own
so it would be
one of a kind
9. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I would want that too, but for as a company out to make profit why not sell it to others?. Many manufaturers are actually using the previous generetion of camera sensors from sony Ex. iPhone4s, SGS3, etc. . . OH well what am I saying you guys obviously know this. . . blah! blah!
10. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Apple invented These as they are sure to make the iphone 5 camera Revolutionary!!!!!
12. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)
It quite clearly said Sony invented them, do you mean Apple will use this in the next iPhone?
11. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Well the 808 pawns this, an upcoming Lumia device (don't know this Nokia World or MWC 2013) will own the 808. However, lets hope that Sony pushes this into its next flagship model
13. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Not sure whether or not these will be in the next iphone, considering theyre not in any of Sony's currently released handsets, and have only just been developed, so letting Apple use this would be a huge mistake imo, barely anyone knows that the iphone's camera's are made by Sony!
14. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
hey, sony|! go back to your r&d and hand in their resignation. You've been wandering around your competitors since the first xperia was released.
There was a time when you and Nokia were equal on so many levels and were easily the best in e.g. camera department. And now what? You're chasing samsung, htc, apple. Soon probably chinese as well.
Stop playing like htc does and announcing some magic carpets, image chips and other rubbish. Just do a great handsets like a few years ago.