Sony’s New Sensor is Capable of 48-Megapixel Photos

Made possible with a Quad Bayer array

Sony unveiled its latest sensor with the IMX586. It is a stacked CMOS sensor that has 0.8um pixels on a 1/2-type sensor, making it capable of capturing 48-megapixel photos.

Even if it is a sensor made for smartphone cameras, the feat is made possible by utilizing a Quad Bayer color filter array—the same tech used in the 40-megapixel camera of Huawei’s P20 Pro.


The tech utilizes a 2×2 with adjacent colors, giving the sensor extra oomph in various shooting conditions, along with four times better dynamic range compared to its competitors. In low light, the sensor functions as a low-light 12-megapixel sensor with 1.6um, resulting in images that have low noise.

Aside from the sensor’s low-light capabilities, the IMX586 can shoot 4K at 90FPS, Full HD at 240FPS, and HD at 480 FPS (with cropping).

The IMX586 is expected to ship in September 2018, so expect phones sporting this sensor to arrive by early 2019.


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