Those who continue the bowels of mobile phones with interest will know that cameras have experienced a great evolution in quality and design. Much of the blame has the leading manufacturer of optical and sensor, which is none other than Japan Sony.
Every time you get a new model feel curious to find out where are the novelties, where shots are going. And that is not necessarily grows in the usual, as more megapixel or larger size parameters, but playing with new technologies that allow and condition new designs. The last thing the guys at Sony have given birth is called IMX318.
More megapixels preserving quality, faster approach and stabilization in 4K
The sensor is within the Exmor RS family and is of type CMOS. We could consider it as the successor to the IMX230 (1/2.4 “), and has a size of 1/2.6 inch, slightly smaller. This does not mean that it is better or worse, there are new technologies involved in improving performance.
Sony IMX318 is a completely new sensor, with 22.5 megapixel. There are two points which highlights: three-axis video stabilization, and a very fast auto focus. Sony says its sensor to zoom in 0.03 seconds, for that strip of a hybrid approach:
To get that speed the hybrid focusing system mix detection by phase detection by contrast. The entire process is carried out in the sensor itself, does not need foreign aid. When it comes to focus on video – running at 60 images per second – is capable of doing in 0,017 seconds.
Video 4 stabilized K
Maximum recording quality is 4 K to 30 images per second, and taking into account all its characteristics, not miss us seeing it in important phone signed by Sony or Apple, but also in gadgets that need to burn very well, as the drones.
Does not seem to surprise anyone that these small cameras recorded in format 4K, and with decent results, but if you also tell us that they have managed to stabilize the shots with a three-axis system, better than better. Here you have an example:
As with the focusing system, we are told that the stabilization also is done at module level, the signal coming from the module is already stabilized and does not need auxiliary processor. The technology not only improves the sudden movements, also makes a positive work with the distortion images, commonplace in such tiny sensors.
With 22.5 megapixels on a 1/2.6-inch sensor, its pixels are the smallest: 1 micron (example image on the right). Sony said there was a drop in quality with respect to their previous solutions
Where are you going to stop this development? For Sony, as anywhere, since they sell their modules to the majority of manufacturers in the market, it is even easy to see as they released the technology on Chinese manufacturers. In the end, it is normal to see them at a Xperia Z House.
Production begins already and sent to other manufacturers – including Sony – in the month of April, this means coming in time for a possible Xperia Z6, It has an output planned its output in the second quarter of the year.