Sony has announced it has developed new back-illuminated CMOS sensors that could significantly improve the imaging capabilities of camera phones.
The Japanese electronics giant has unveiled two new eight and 13-megapixel sensors equipped with a ‘unique RGBW Coding’ function that enhances sensitivity to light and reduces noise for better results even in low-light conditions.
Additionally, they also sport native HDR (high dynamic range) imaging skills, which allows for more dramatic lighting in videos, particularly in drab, overcast days (so most days in Blighty, basically).
For those wondering, the iPhone 4S also supports HDR recording, which, if the folks over at Chipworks are to be believed, is also developed by Sony.
So what do these new sensors represent for smartphones and photographers in general? Well, for starters they could be as good as the iPhone 4S, possibly better. And they will likely feature in a range of Sony phones to be announced for later this year, and could eventually make their way to non-Sony devices. A win-win situation for everyone, surely?
Sony plans to begin rolling out samples of the 13-megapixel sensors in June this year, followed by eight-megapixel sensors in August. Hopefully this will give manufacturers enough time to put them through their paces and start shipping out to smartphones and tablets by the year’s end.
Source: Sony via GSMArena