Sony announces Exmor RS branding for its stacked camera sensors, promises brilliant HDR videos

Sony announces Exmor RS branding for its stacked camera sensors, promises brilliant HDR videos
We cannot talk about Sony smartphones without mentioning the Exmor R branded camera sensors, which the company has been using in its top-of-the-line models since 2009. Today, about three years after their commercial debut, Sony is introducing its Exmor RS sensors to the world, which are based on the CMOS imaging technology and incorporate the newly-developed "stacked structure" that we've been hearing about since January.

What makes the Sony Exmor RS sensors special is that their signal processing circuitry resides behind the layer of back-illuminated pixels instead of relying on conventional supporting substrates. As a result, the new sensor modules are physically smaller without sacrificing image quality. 

Quite the opposite – the RGBW coding technology that Sony has incorporated in its new sensors promises even better low-light performance when compared to today's BSI sensors. Moreover, the newly added HDR movie function allows footage to be recorded using two different exposure settings, thus expanding the dynamics range when shooting video. 

There are three camera sensors in Sony's Exmor RS lineup, and the 13-megapixel IMX135 is the leader of the gang. Next up are the IMX134 and the ISX014, both of which offer 8 effective megapixels. To no surprise, the company is also offering auto-focus modules built specifically for these sensors – one with a f/2.2 aperture and 5-element lens for the IMX135, and two f/2.4 4-element modules for the IMX134 and ISX014. These 13MP photo samples should give you an idea how good photos taken with Sony Exmor RS sensors should look like.

By now you are probably asking yourselves just when we might see a smartphone with an Exmor RS sensor. Well, keep an eye out for the Sony Xperia GX, in case you live in Japan. For everyone else there will be the Sony Xperia TX, which is said to be the international version of that smartphone. An announcement is expected later this month.

source: Sony via Engadget



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Lets be hoping its on TX / T / J / Mint / Hayabusa or watever.. :)

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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: Feb 27, 2012

Where is SonyFTW? :) The power is yours! :p

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

this vs 808 pureview

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

well if nokia come up with the new grapheine method on PW it would be even better

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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: Oct 21, 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: May 09, 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: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Apple invented These as they are sure to make the iphone 5 camera Revolutionary!!!!!

12. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

It quite clearly said Sony invented them, do you mean Apple will use this in the next iPhone?

11. No_Nonsense unregistered

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 unregistered

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: Oct 17, 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.

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