The new Exmor camera sensors for mobile phones.

The new Exmor camera sensors for mobile phones.


A few days ago, Sony announced the first commercial 12 megapixel camera sensor for mobile phones. Sony says that “IMX060PQ” sensor is for meeting the advanced image quality needs of cellular phones with cameras. The range has been named ‘Exmor’. Along with the 12.25 effective megapixel CMOS sensor, they also chowcased a 8.11 megapixel CMOS sensor(“IMX046PQ”) along with a 5.15 megapixel version (“IMX045PQ”).

Not only that, Sony will also be commercializing a new series of lenses “IU060F” and “IU046F” which is a 1/3.2 lens module with autofocus functions. The good news does not end there, there’s more.

The new CMOS camera sensors will allow future users to record in HD quality (1080p @ 27fps, and 720p @ 30fps). There also a few more technical enhancements. This one though, is most important.

THe development is nice, finally phones will be able to record HD quality video. But wait a minute, this opens up a new set of problems. let me list them below –
1. The mobile phones will become thicker for sure.
2. The current architecture (processor, RAM) might not be enough for HD quality videos and photos.
3. Battery life, what about that?

Unless these things are taken care of, it makes no sense to have 12 megapixel cameras in a phones. Also if you do not give the phones optical zoom, face recognition, image stabilizers and what have you, to these phones a la ‘point and shoot’ cameras, what good are they? Its high time consumers and manufacturers realized that this half convergence of the camera with the phone cannot continue. Either take a step forward or stop until you find a way to move ahead!

To me this megapixel race seems like a scam! My current phone, the N82 is a 5 megapixel phone. I bought it for the Xenon flash. I still wish that the phone had optical zoom and a few more digital camera features. It makes for a good camera, when you don’t have one and need to click a picture. But the fact that my ancient 4 megapixel Nikon (E4600) captures better quality images should make you, the reader realize, how futile this megapixel race is in the mobile phone industry.

The level of detail the 12MP sensor will be capable of capturing

The level of detail the 12MP sensor will be capable of capturing


Click here to read the Sony press release on the new camera sensors.

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