Sony IMX586 sensor
Sony IMX586 sensor

Sony sensors are present in the vast majority of high-end Android phones. Having a sensor with more megapixels does not guarantee that the quality is greater, but incorporating a newer sensor with greater potential is an important factor that influences the photographic section. Now Sony presents the new IMX 586, a sensor with 48 megapixels in a compact size of 8mm diagonal.

The Sony IMX586 is planned for September 2018, however that will be the date on which it begins to offer it to the rest of companies as well as to its own factories. A date that is around the corner but it is too fair for this IMX586 to arrive next to the Sony Xperia XZ3 that is foreseen for the IFA 2018.

Technical characteristics of the Sony IMX586

SONY IMX586
NUMBER OF EFFECTIVE PIXELS 48 megapixels (8000 x 6000)
DIAGONAL 8 millimeters
SIZE 0.8 × 0.8 μm
FRAMES PER SECOND Full: 30fps
Movie: 4K / 90fps, 1080p / 240fps, 720p / 480fps
SENSITIVITY (F / 5.6) 133LSB
SATURATION LEVEL 4500e
VOLTAGE Analog: 2.8V / 1.8V
Digital: 1.1V
Interface: 1.8V
FUNCTIONS AND FILTER Autofocus by phase difference, HDR, Quad Bayer color filter
FILE FORMAT RAW

The Sony IMX586 comes with 48 megapixels, an amount that to date the manufacturer had not achieved. This increase in the number of pixels should also be accompanied by a good size, but the pixels chosen are slightly smaller with a size of 0.8 micrometers each, for a global size of 8 millimeters. In comparison, the Sony IMX486 with 12 megapixels and 1.25 micrometer pixels has a size of 6.2 millimeters.

To compensate for the reduction in the size of the pixels, Sony has applied several techniques of photoelectric conversion and light collection to continue capturing a good amount of light. In a related manner, in low light conditions according to Sony data, a better four-dimensional dynamic range is achieved than the standard. This, together with the Quad Bayer color filter allows to match the sensitivity of the 1.6 micrometer pixels. Double the size that the IMX586 uses.

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Already in the Xperia XZ2 Premium we have seen some photographic improvements such as ISO 51.200 for photo and super slow camera 960fps at 1080p. We will see what level of photographic precision are achieved by smartphones that incorporate this new sensor, already predictably by the beginning of 2019.

Sony has announced that its initial price is 3,000 yen, about 23 euros, and will be available from 2018.

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