Making a new leap in compact imaging technology, Sony announced a new stacked CMOS sensor geared towards smartphones. The new type of Exmor RS imaging sensor called the IMX318, can take 22.5-megapixel photos and shoot 4K video. Images can be taken with the new hybrid autofocus technology while the video will include built-in 3-axis image stabilization.
The 1/2.6-inch IMX318 places an emphasis on its compact design while sporting better image quality and faster performance than its predecessors. The IMX318 will also be smaller than most current smartphone sensors. Using pixels that measure at 1.0µm, Sony was able to create something so small with such high-quality imagery. In fact, Sony says that the IMX318 is 20% smaller than the 1/2.3” sensor that is primarily used in smartphones.
The built-in high-speed hybrid autofocus combines phase detection AF and contrast detection AF, with performance speeds as fast as 0.03 seconds and 0.017 seconds during 60 FPS video recording.
With the built-in 3-axis electronic image stabilization, users can capture smooth video with its internal signal processor. The IMX318 uses info from an external gyro sensor which corrects camera shake and fixes lens distortion, which Sony says will be perfect for camera drones.
Video with the IMX318 will be able to record 4K at 30 FPS and capture 22.5 MP stills while video is being recorded. The sensor will also be able to capture 1080p at up to 120 FPS and 720p at up to 240 FPS.
Sony’s IMX318 sensor will begin shipping to camera companies in May 2016. The IMX318 will go on sale for 17.50 USD per unit. Although the sensor is geared towards smartphones, the IMX318 could also be used in mirrorless and DSLR cameras to take advantage the high-quality specs in such a compact size.