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

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



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

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.

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...

5. achilles

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2010

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

6. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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

8. cdawg unregistered

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

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

10. starwish unregistered

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

11. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

Android or ios sure!

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.

13. ususer unregistered

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

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