Sony has just raised the bar on camera phone quality with the announcement of two 16.41 Megapixel sensors. The company ensures that the Exmor R backlit CMOS sensors are equipped with the smallest and thinnest modules available for mobile phones and reach the market in the first quarter of 2011.
The trend of adding more features to mobile phones seems unstoppable, rivaling pocket cameras and offering increasingly better quality sensors, better lenses and flashes, in addition to features such as face and smile detection.
Until now, the best sensor record was shared by Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, which already sell mobile phones with 12 Megapixel cameras. But in addition to the increased sensitivity, Sony ensures that it improves image quality by reducing noise and combining CMOS sensors with two new lens modules that are the smallest and thinnest models for mobile phones.
The new modules are phased in sales, starting to be sold in January 2001, although some models are only available in April. The reported selling price varies between 2,500 and 12,000 yen (approximately 21 and 105 euros).
This is the first time that these sensors are commercialized for mobile phones, since until now the Exmor Rs have been reserved for cameras and video cameras.
In these sensors Sony has adopted manufacturing technology that makes it possible to reduce the pixel size to 1.12 microns. The company explains that, in theory, the smaller the pixel, the worse the quality of the color mix may be, but that it managed to solve this problem by implementing a unique formation of photographic diodes, designed to achieve a high resolution, high sensitivity image sensor. low noise.
The company provides the following sample image of the quality obtained:
The improvements are also registered in terms of the light captured, as shown in the following comparison: