If you were blown away by the Nokia N8‘s 12 megapixel camera you may be astonished to hear that 16.4 megapixel sensors could be coming to smartphones in 2011 thanks to Sony’s hard work.
Sony has recently unveiled two new CMOS camera modules for cellphones, these are the 16.41MP Sony Exmor R IMX081PQ module and the 8.13MP Sony Exmor R IMX105PQ module.
Both modules are the smallest in their classes (you can see just how small in the image embedded at the end of this post), they are both back-illuminated, which should mean increased sensitivity and less noise in photos.
They will both be capable of shooting 1080p HD video at 30 fps and 720p HD video at 60 fps, which will undoubtedly attract smartphone/tablet manufacturers, better still the 16.41 megapixel sensor will be available to manufacturers for roughly $30, whilst the 8.13 megapixel sensor will be roughly $18.
Apparently these CMOS camera modules will begin shipping in 2011, so don’t be too surprised if they arrive in high-end smartphones in Q3/Q4 2011.