This week Sony unveiled two new CMOS image censors, which will revolutionize the image quality of the next-generation smartphones and other devices. These new image censors will use less power, help save a lot of space, and improve the image quality. The company said that it will start its shipment in March 2012.
Sony said, “This image sensor layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit section for signal processing, which is in place of supporting substrates for conventional back-illuminated CMOS image sensors. This structure achieves further enhancement in image quality, superior functionalities and a more compact size that will lead to enhanced camera evolution.”
Two major functions incorporated in the new CMOS image censor technology are:
RGBW Coding: The new Sony image sensor has an in-built RGBW Coding (Red-Green-Blue-White) whereas others have the usual RBG coding. The new coding enhances the quality of the image even in darker environs and causes less noise. The new design is also slim and compact.
HDR movie: The High Dynamic Range Movie (HDR) function helps in producing the right amount of color in images. It can adjust itself to different levels of light. When you are take a snap in bright light and there are some parts which are shadowed, the HDR movie would come into play. It will even out the image by removing all the unevenness.
There is this rumor that Apple can use the new Sony CMOS image censor in its upcoming, most-awaited iPhone5. In fact, Sony is the supplier of the image censor, which is used in Apple's most recent 8-megapixel iPhone 4S. Sony CMOS back-illuminating image censor will capture images and videos with high quality even in low-light areas, making Apple the perfect candidate to use this technology in the upcoming iPhone5.