Sony announces new image sensor for smartphones with the highest 48 effective megapixels

Sony announces new image sensor for smartphones with the highest 48 effective megapixels
Sony, one of the largest suppliers of image sensors for smartphones, has just announced the upcoming availability of its new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for handset cameras. According to Sony, this is the world's smallest pixel size of 0.8 μm, which is why it's possible to pack 48 effective megapixels onto a 1/2-type unit.

In terms of performance, Sony's IMX586 image sensor rivals that of the high-performance SLR cameras and allows users to capture state-of-the-art, high-res pictures with a smartphone. Sony included its exposure control technology and signal processing functionality directly into the image sensor, which enables real-time output a much better dynamic range four times greater than conventional units.

Also, IMX586 uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same color allowing for a higher sensitivity shooting. On top of that, during low light capturing, the signal from the four adjacent pixels are added, further increasing the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 12 megapixels, which results in bright, low noise images.

The new CMOS image sensor will start shipping in September, but it's yet unclear when we will see the first smartphones packing Sony's IMX586 sensor.

source: Sony



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 617; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Sony is doing a great job with its Exmor sensors, not so with the Xperia lineup. Still wondering why they do not put the best camera hardware (even skipping on OIS) in their smartphones. EIS might be good but is it to cut cost?

7. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Tbh honest the xz2 is onpar with others flaghips in terms of IQ. And video stab is also top 5

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Imx220, imx300 and imx400 were the most expensive in their times. Cam module is not just sensor + lens.. Pixel = 1/2.3 no OIS 6p = 1/2.3" no OIS P20 Pro = 1/1.7" no Ois Also unless you go faster than 1/16s OIS is not necessary. If you choose 1s or more, even devices with OIS need tripod. Slower shutter is not supposed to be used for moving things. OIS is not good for video because of jelly effect.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

P20 Pro has OIS in all 3 lenses.

24. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not according to what they say

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What who say? There's been a whole article here on phonearena about the 3 OIS lenses of P20 Pro. You could've atleast gotten your facts straight after my previous comment.

2. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

"... World's smallest pixel size of 0.8 μm" Usually speaking small pixel size is not something to be proud of; sensors with small pixel sizes are usually associated with more noise. As for" SRL image quality", such a thing is simply impossible due to physics-- an APS-C sensor captures 16 more times light (surface area) than a ~1/2.5" (smartphone) sensor. This jumps to 35 times for full frame. A smartphone sensor simply cannot compete in image quality without defying physics Shame on you, Phonearena for regurgitating press releases without doing any analysis or fact checking.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 836; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I completely agree with you. PA merely does creative copy and paste job emphasing in what is probably in the source material but with no corelation to the real world scenario. On the other hand PA shared it with us so thanks them for it.

5. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Or you can look at it as a 1.6 um 12MP sensor

6. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Perhaps they got their own trick/invention to deal with noise in small pixel case? Let's don't judge before it revealed its capabilities.

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Yes.. But this one is 1/2". Then combined to a monochrome of same size it will give an area near 9x than 1/2.5"

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 735; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

When will Sony learn that MOAR megapixels does not make for a better camera?

8. iushnt

Posts: 3128; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So Sony should learn from you to make better sensors?

19. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 735; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Not at all, but they could learn from literally everyone else.

21. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014


17. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Tell to P20 Pro and Lumia 1020

9. HarysViewty

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

1/2" 0.8micron? Huawei p20pro had 1/1.7" 1micron quadbayer

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

1/2 is smaller than 1/1.7

10. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Ill believe it with my eyes seeing the results of the pictures themselves i could care less what PhoneArena, Sony, or the comments have to say.

13. Avieshek unregistered

But don't be quick to believe without Pixel or iOS camera software even if it's Sony's own software itself.

11. Avieshek unregistered

I want to see this hardware with Pixel software than be the judge. Also don't want this hardware to be judged through some LG, 1+ or random Chinese OEM software. Hope people are smart enough and not quick enough to judge this advancement this time.

14. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Posters are throwing out the standard "Tiny pixels!!" line. I think I'd wait to see it in action before I mock it.

22. Avieshek unregistered

Exactly! The tech experts has just become morons repeating what's easily established in majority mindset.

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