Toshiba announces 13-megapixel camera sensor for smartphones and tablets, promises less digital noise
0. phoneArena 29 Nov 2012, 08:04 posted on
In addition to tablets of all shapes and sizes, Toshiba makes device components too, you know. Today, for example, the company announced the latest CMOS camera sensor that it has developed, and on paper, it seems like a promising piece of silicon. Toshiba's new camera sensor offers 13 megapixels of resolution, but that's not what makes it special...
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1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
So, I guess we may see this on the HTC One X+++, or the SGSV, right?
13. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Finally toshiba makes an appealing piecs of technology
18. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Well, we'll se how it performs... every time a new sensor is released, the manufacturer claims that it has amazing new technologies, but the truth, afterm many years, is that the smaller the sensor is the more image quality deteriorates.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Let's see.... Magic 8 Ball just answered my question about what flagship phone for 2013 will look like spec-wise:
S4 Pro + Adreno 320
2 Gb RAM
Min of 16 Gb memory with removable storage
5 inch (or larger) 1080p display
Removable 3000 mAh battery
13 Mpixel camera
I bet this is what the GS IV looks like.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
well, Toshiba's camera will not be on it for a while - SGS4 comes out around april next year and this better camera tech will not be avail until last half of 2013.
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It kind of depends on product release schedule. July/August might get the new camera. I wonder how quickly Toshiba can ramp production?
14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
SGS4 will be out before July, maybe the NOTE 3 gets it :-)
3. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Besides battery life, camera tech is the next biggest stale point in smartphones IMO.
7. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
What about the 808 or 920 or 2 year old N8 or the time shift or something like that feature in BB10?
9. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
There are advances but they're not becoming mainstream. I had the Droid Incredible forever ago with an 8mp camera. Pureview tech is cool but it sure has taken it's time.
17. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
They are advances but they are not becoming mainstream. Really? 808/920 were in high demand the last time I checked.
6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
OTG USB is the way to go if the phone you purchase does not give you expandable storage.
10. Beholder88 (Posts: 85; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Expandable storage isn't a must for me. I back my phone up to my computer at least once a month, and use Motocast to access anything I want from wherever I am. With the way networking technology is going, removable storage will end up being a thing of the past. As long as there is at least 16 GB of on board memory, that's good enough for me. For those that need removable storage, networkdood brought up a good alternative for you. As far as the camera goes, I still use a regular digital camera for important things, and the phone camera for things on the fly. If this 13MP camera does what it says it does, this may eliminate the need for the separate camera.
15. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Good points - there are a ton of options out there now. Rather have a 64GB microSD card in the phone. I would still backup my data on the PC, or even purchase a separate external drive just for that.
11. josephnero (Posts: 555; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Nokia usually gets Camera sensors from toshiba if iam not mistaken the one in pureview is by toshiba too
12. Coolkid (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
Of course... Nokia Pure view 808 uses Toshiba's sensor only...:)
20. molanjames (banned) (Posts: 80; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
Low light needs to be the next big improvement without having the shutter speed so slow that taking any picture without flash causes blurryness.