BlackBerry Priv's rear camera to sport Sony's IMX230 21MP sensor?

BlackBerry Priv's rear camera to sport Sony's IMX230 21MP sensor?
While we have seen a number of leaked images allegedly showing off the BlackBerry Priv, and have passed along the rumored specs of the device, the truth is that there might be aspects of the Android slider that we don't know much about at all. We have seen at least two different pre-production models, each sporting a different rear camera ring. The latest image shows the Schneider-Kreuznach brand on the camera ring, with "18 Megapixel" written on the bottom.

Again, these are all pre-production units. And while we don't want to repeat it, we do so for a reason. According to a tweet sent out by tipster/journalist @Ricciolo1, the rear camera on the Priv will employ a Sony IMX230 sensor. This is the same sensor used by the Motorola Moto X Style for the 21MP camera on its back. If this rumor turns out to be legit, it would mean that we should expect the Priv to carry a 21MP rear camera, up from the 18MP that seemed a sure bet as recently as yesterday.

This actually could have wide spread implications if true. It would mean that all of the rumored specs that have been disseminated to this point could be dated. Our best bet is to wait for BlackBerry to unveil the phone, which hopefully will happen soon.

With the phone unannounced, we recommend taking this story with the proverbial grain of salt.


Thanks for the tip!

source: @Ricciolo1

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23 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

or maybe Blackberry says it's a 18mp camera cuz either you take pictures in 4:3 or 16:9, the resolution is always 18mp, much like the new Z5, Sony says it's 23mp but the sensor is 25mp

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Everyone's right, the sensor is definitely higher than the 18 mega pixels, no pictures are the match for their sensors.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 41MP sensor of the Lumia 1020 would be unbeatable if paired with modern OIS, auto focus and a modern processor that can handle all the data it collects.

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

To me it's still unbeatable however that's so off topic bro lol

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it's a start. Blackberry may actually have a decent camera for once.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Considering that back when BlackBerrys ruled, most places didn't even allow camera phones. Most, if not all, their early models were offered without cameras so it's not like they really placed a big emphasis on their photo prowess. I know the times have changed but you can't really fault BlackBerry for crummy snappers, their customers didn't really care if they had a camera or not.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

True that would hold back in the day. Times have changed. Phones like the Note have several productivity features and still manages to have an excellent camera.

23. JC557

Posts: 1920; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's not about productivity features but also quite a few work places contain sensitive data and as such no cameras are allowed, cellphones cameras included.

4. Subie

Posts: 2392; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The only thing that matters are the images that the phone will produce. I'm sure they'll be just fine. Wait for production results everybody.

5. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

The phone was shown with a 18mp camera and your tip couldnt spell business

6. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It's ricciolo1, nothing he says is factual. It's funny that PA is the only major tech website that posts his junk

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Too bad its a mediocre camera. Early reviews suggest it.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was a PRE-PRODUCTION model. Nothing on that handset was finished. It even said so in the article you're referring to.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes, but how much can it improve is going to be the question.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gonna have to wait and see.

8. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Could be 18MP Sony IMX118 or Aptina AR1820HS. If BB upgraded tha hardware, i hope they give a fingerprint in the power button like sony.

9. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

"This actually could have wide spread implications if true. It would mean that all of the rumored specs that have been disseminated to this point could be dated. Our best bet is to wait for BlackBerry to unveil the phone, which hopefully will happen soon." What I've been saying all along. We should all wait until BlackBerry officially releases the handset.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What fun is that for the trolls?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

True that, lol. They'd have no fun at all without their "speculation".

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That takes the fun out of it?

15. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Come on Blackberry get this phone Release,as a lot of Android users will be very keen to Give this phone a Chance,but will using the 810 chip cause over heating or not,one thing Blackberry does not want with them Struggling

22. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

A higher MP camera is great as long as it does not lower the 4K recording time. I do wish they would make a Silver edition like the Passport to truly make this a high-end phone.

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