Sony has printed the specs for six new full-frame sensors, together with a number of stacked sensors and a 15MP sensor that makes use of Sony’s Quad Bayer design present in a couple of of its smartphone picture sensors. As at all times, these are primary spec paperwork geared toward would-be patrons of the chips, suggesting that each one these applied sciences can be found to prospects outdoors Sony.

Beneath is a gallery of the spec sheets with a breakdown of the sensors following:

Let’s begin with the IMX521CQR: a brand new 15MP Quad Bayer sensor. This sensor seems to be a variant of the 61MP sensor contained in the a7R IV however with Sony’s Quad Bayer shade filter sample in entrance of it. What’s fascinating about this specific sensor is that Sony is looking it a 15MP sensor as a substitute of 61MP; a really completely different method to its advertising across the IMX586 smartphone sensor, which it calls a 48MP Quad Bayer sensor, regardless of its 12MP output. This isn’t the primary Quad Bayer sensor outdoors of smartphones that Sony has developed both. Its IMX299CJK sensor is kind of a Quad Bayer model of the sensor contained in the Panasonic GH5S.

The spec sheet suggests the sensor may be learn as a sequence of enormous pixels or be handled in order that alternate rows reduce off after completely different exposures (or with completely different quantities of acquire) to supply HDR photographs. That is conceptually similar to the SR and DR modes of Fujifilm’s Tremendous CCD EXR know-how. The chance exists that Sony does not present prospects with the processing know-how that it makes use of to reconstruct a 61MP picture, which can be why the chip is described as solely providing 15MP.

One other fascinating chip is the IMX311AQK (48.97MP). It is a stacked CMOS chip that makes use of a 45-degree pixel array. Not many particulars are given, nevertheless it sounds quite a bit like an thought Fujifilm flirted with twenty years in the past, with its unique Tremendous CCD know-how.

As we perceive it, the logic is that Bayer sample is excellent at capturing horizontal and vertical element however a lot much less good at diagonal patterns, so rotating it offers a greater diagonal decision which is best at capturing pure topics. Or, as Fujifilm’s advertising as soon as put it: ‘higher fits the distribution of spatial frequencies of picture knowledge in nature in addition to idiosyncrasies inherent in human imaginative and prescient.’

Standard sensors

Shifting onto the opposite chips talked about within the new paperwork, Sony has detailed the specs for 2 stacked sensor that use a extra standard format: the IMX554DQC – a 30.65MP chip that may learn out at over 36 frames per second – and the IMX313AQK (48.96MP), which may shoot at as much as 10 fps in 16-bit mode and 21 fps with 14-bit readout.

The IMX409BQJ, a backside-illuminated 55.16MP sensor achieves as much as 13.2 fps for nonetheless photographs or 21.5 fps in 12-bit mode, with out utilizing a stacked design. There is no signal of this being in any present digicam and general it seems to be to be probably the most standard sensor of the bunch.

Final up is the IMX410CQX, a 24MP backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor that appears similar to the sensors we have already seen contained in the Sony A7 III, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1, Nikon Z6 and Sigma fp cameras.


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