Sony has set a new 48 megapixel resolution record for smartphone image sensors with the new IMX586 CMOS sensor with a pixel size of only 0.8 μm So that the light sensitivity of the sensor measuring only 6.4 x 4.8 mm does not suffer with such small sensors, the new sensor uses a Quad Bayer color filter (i.e. one pixel also uses the brightness information of the four surrounding sensors) - in bad light situations the light sensitivity can be increased to the level of a 12 megapixel sensor (with the same dimension) without any loss in resolution.
The new Sony IMX586 sensor
The high resolution can of course also be used for high-quality digital zooming. Sony&s integrated exposure control technology and signal processing functions enable real-time output and a high dynamic range four times greater than comparable sensors.
Videos are recorded in DCI-4K (4,096 x 2,160) with up to 90fps, 1080p with up to 240fps, 720pm with up to 480fps. Photos with up to 48 megapixels (8,000 x 6,000 pixels). Alternatively, single frames can be taken at a frame rate of 30fps with the full resolution of 8,000 x 6000. The extent to which these features are implemented also depends on the SoC used (and the hardware otherwise used) of the respective smartphone and its manufacturer. The sensor is expected to cost major customers 3,000 yen (approx. 27 dollars) - when it will appear in the first smartphones is not yet clear.
Demo of the resolution