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Sony introduces 48MP sensor that could equip future iPhones

THE Sony Not only is it one of the most prominent camera manufacturers (and many other things) in the world, it also has a long and fruitful partnership with Apple to provide sensors for the world's most popular camera, the one called iPhone. Now the Japanese woman is introducing a new and (at least on paper) powerful sensor for mobile devices and they could reach Ma's smartphones in the not too distant future.

The new (and not very attractively named) sensor IMX586 According to its creator, the industry has the largest number of pixels in the industry, capable of capturing 48 megapixels, which is a record for the mobile sector and even matches professional options, such as Sony's Alpha line.

In general, manufacturers avoid making smartphone cameras with a very high megapixel count (Apple, for example, never exceeded 12MP) for a very simple reason: by squeezing too many pixels into a sensor as small as those Equipped with mobile devices, the ability to take good pictures in low light goes into space because the pixel reaches a very small size and light information is not transmitted from the sensor with fidelity, creating a huge amount of noise in the images.

New 48MP Sensor from Sony12MP standard sensor left; Sony's new sensor right

Sony, however, seems to have solved this problem with its new sensor and a technology called Quad bayer: With it, the camera detecting dimly lit scenes automatically processes the signal from four adjacent pixels, allowing light to be absorbed much more intensely and producing “bright and noisy” images. That is: during well-lit scenes, you will get gigantic 48 megapixel images; at night, have 12 megapixel photos without noise and, according to the manufacturer, with “DSLR level” quality.

In normal situations, each pixel of the new sensor is 0.8m sideways, a small size and unable to absorb much light; finding low light situations, however, this size doubles and each pixel is 1.6m larger than the 1.4m pixels of Google Pixel 2, considered the best smartphone for night shots.

In addition, the Japanese stated that its processing technology allows results to be produced 4x faster than on “ordinary” sensors; The dynamic range of the new IMX586 is also 4x higher than its peers, according to Sony. It can, for example, record 4K video at 90 frames per second, or 1080p resolution at 240fps.

Nothing has been said, of course, about the possibility of this sensor equipping future iPhones, but considering Apple's long partnership with Sony, it's hard to imagine that it will find its way into Ma's smartphones anytime soon. At the I'm So soon, in this case: he must appear first on the Japanese own line of devices, such as the next Xperia XZ, and then depart for the embrace in Cupertino. I hope not?

via iClarified