Sony IMX586 48MP smartphone camera sensor announced

Market today has shifted to a trend where people not only want flagship specs but also high image quality from their smartphone cameras. This new Sony IMX586 sensor features in 48 effective megapixels, a pixel count which rivals to a performance of a SLR camera.

Sony has announced its latest IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphone cameras has world’s first 0.8µm ultra-compact pixel size with industry’s highest 48 megapixels.

The sensor makes ue of the Quad Bayer color filter array where 2×2 adjacent pixels come in the same color. In case of low light situations, signals from four adjacent pixels are added, raising the sensitivity to a level equivalent to 1.6μm pixels (12 megapixels).

Sony IMX586 sensor – Key Specifications

  • Model Name: IMX586
  • Number of effective pixels: 8000 (H) x 6000 (V) 48 Mega pixels
  • Image Size: 8.000 mm (Type 1/2) Diagonal
  • Unit cell size: 0.8μm (H) × 0.8μm (V)
  • Frame Rate: Full – 30fps / Movie – 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) 90fps, 1080p at 240fps, 720p at 480fps (w/crop)
  • Sensitivity: 133LSB Approx. (Standard Value: F5.6)
  • Minimum Saturation signal level: 4500e Approx.
  • Voltage: 2.8V, 1.8V (Analog) / 1.1V (Digital) / 1.8V (Interface)
  • Main functions: Image plane phase-difference AF, HDR imaging
  • Output: MIPI C-PHY1.0 (3 trio) / D-PHY 1.2 (4 lane)
  • Color Filter array: quad Bayer array
  • Image output format: Bayer RAW

The Sony IMX586 sample will cost 3000 JPY (US$ 27 / Rs. 1860 approx.) + taxes and will start shipping to OEM’s in September 2018.


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