You are well aware of the fact that the smartphone market is growing everyday just as the crave for quality is also growing. Obviously, one feature that people would want to check out when buying a smartphone is the ability of such smartphone to take clear pictures. To this effect, Sony has announced a new Exmor sensor for smartphones dubbed the IMX318.
The new sensor comes in with many features such as a lightning fast auto-focus and a 3-axis video stabilization, which includes a 1/2.6 type sensor with an effective resolution of 22.5MP respectively.
According to Sony, as smartphones grow ever thinner, so too are image sensors growing increasingly compact. In line with this trend, the company has developed a miniscule 1.0μm pixel sensor that, despite its small size, realizes high image quality. It adds that Sony employed manufacturing technology that improves light utilization efficiency, as well as circuit design
technology that eliminates noise, a root cause of deterioration in image quality.
The sensor would be a lot smaller than its predecessors and is also touted as the industry standard first image sensor with built-in hybrid AF, which is as fast as 0.03 seconds. Sony also explains that the new fast hybrid auto-focus merges image plane phase detection AF with contrast detection AF and has previously been implemented through the combination of an image sensor and an application for processor.
The IMX318 will also be the world’s first stacked CMOS image sensor with hybrid AF built into the sensor’s internal signal processor, explains Sony.
Sony believes that it will be able to ship these sensors out by May this year. The IMX318 sensor should start making an appearance in high-end smartphones and other devices later this year.
It should be noted that this is not a phone accessory for an end user but intended for use by smartphone manufacturers as a way to augment the image quality on the phones they build.