Monday, October 11, 2010

Your Smartphone Will Soon Have a 16 MP Camera

Sony's 16 MP smartphone camera module (left)
Sony last week announced a significant upgrade to its CMOS image sensor line. The company will begin producing 16.41 megapixel sensor by the end of the year, which means that you can expect 16 MP cameras to surface in late 2011 or early 2012.

You may be questioning the value of 16 megapixels in a smart phone camera, especially if the image quality does not keep up with the sheer size of the image itself. Compared to the sensors in regular digital still cameras, the tiny pixels on small CMOS sensors are at a severe disadvantage as far as light exposure is concerned, but that circumstance does not keep sensor developers to shrink those pixels and increase the overall image resolution provided by such a chip.

If Sony ha sits way, then we will be taking 16.41 MP snapshots with our smartphones sometime in 2012. The company today announced a 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that is the technology foundation for such monstrous pictures. The chip will carry pixels with a size of just 1.12 μm. There is also a modest version of the chip that provides a resolution of 8.13 MP and a pixel size of 1.4μm. Sony says that the sensors are “highly sensitive” and can take high quality photos and videos even in low light settings – without a flash.

There are also two new auto-focus lens modules that are compatible with the back-illuminated CMOS image sensors, which will be released under the Exmor R brand. Sony claims that the IU081F for the 16.41 MP sensor is the industry’s smallest and thinnest auto-focus lens module (10.5 x D10.5 x 7.9 mm). The 16.41 MP chip will ship beginning in January 2011, the 8.13 MP chip will follow in April.

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