Sony launches 21MP IMX230 sensor mobile camera, makes it possible to shoot 4K images
Sony has launched a new 21 megapixel camera with a 1/2.4-inch stacked CMOS imaging sensor. The camera called the Exmor RS IMX230 according to Sony is the first camera sensor with stacked CMOS imaging sensor with an on-board image plane phase detection AF signal processing function.
In action, this would mean that the camera would be able to fix focus on objects that are moving, something that is called freezing the action. The camera as per the company can capture high-quality images of bright and dark areas even in backlit scenes through its HDR imaging.
The dedicated image plane phase detection AF pixels are incorporated into the screen of the image sensor and the camera also measures the distance to the subject and lens position. Based on this calculation (information obtained from these dedicated pixels) the focusing is done. The camera uses up to 192 AF points.
The camera uses a new HDR imaging function for both video and still image shooting (HDR recording facility if mostly available with videos and not still photography). This lets you shoot stills in 4K pixel resolution, that is 4096 x 2160 pixels, enhancing the quality of images.
This new camera is expected to make way to future Smartphones from Sony. Though it is not sure whether this would feature in the Xperia Z4, we could expect the sensor in case the launch takes place in the second half of next year. The camera sensor will be ready to ship in from April 2015 and would cost 2,100 Japanese yen.
Sony is also planning on making “a 16 megapixel version of the IMX230 in 2015, which would be appropriate for iOS devices, a report in MacRumours says indicating that a version of tis camera could make feature in Apple devices.