Sony Reveals World's First 48-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor, the IMX586

Talk about powerful. 


Sony's just unveiled one of its most impressive bits of technology yet, and it's all in a bid to up your smartphone camera's overall quality. How, you say? Meet the IMX586, the world's first image sensor with the "industry's highest pixel count" of 48 megapixels. It even outperforms higher-end cameras with that kind of tech. At its best, it can deliver a 12-megapixel sensor with "bright, low noise" images, according to Sony. Impressed yet?

Sony states that its "Quad Bayer" color filter can merge four pixels into one, which puts it in a different class than even Google's Pixel 2 XL, which performs exceptionally well in low light conditions. The technology also allows for higher output speeds and dynamic range, with the ability to record 4K video at 90 fps and 1080p at 240 fps.

Samples of the incredibly powerful 48-megapixel chip are scheduled to start appearing in September, but there's no word just yet on which smartphone we may yet see it in. It's safe to say it's probably a little while off, but if nothing else, it certainly sounds well worth the wait.

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