In low light situations, such as shooting at night, the signal from the four adjacent pixels are added, raising the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 1.6 μm pixels (12 effective megapixels), to capture bright, low-noise photos and videos. What is unique to Sony's newly revealed tech is the combination of the highest pixel count balanced out by a competent sensitivity adjusting filter. The ultra-small pixels mean that the new image sensor comes in at just 8mm diagonal despite the impressive pixel count.
Sony releases a new phone with a better, more clear camera.
Smartphone cameras are about to get pretty insane. In darker scenes, the data from the sensor simply isn't converted, resulting in a 12-MP effective sensor that Sony says has the light-gathering power of 1.6-µm sensor wells. On the contrary, Huwaei P20 is only able to achieve 40MP sensor which also packs a Quad Bayer arrangement.
If you're using a relatively recent iPhone, then you're using a Sony sensor when you take a photograph and the Japanese company has today announced a new version of that sensor, this time pushing the resolution higher than ever.
However, the new sensor, called IMX586, counters that effect with the introduction of a Quad Bayer color filter. Normally, this should mean significantly more image noise.
Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality is built into the chip.
While Sony's smartphones have not been performing well in sales, there's one market where the company has been on top - camera sensors.
The IMX586 has a range of other interesting raw specifications, like DCI 4K video recording at 90 FPS, 1920x1080 at 240 FPS, and a cropped 720p capture at 480 FPS. Perhaps the novelty of the sensor will be enough for DxOMark to actually put Sony's flagships to the test for the world to see where high-end Xperia phones truly stand.