If you thought a 24 megapixel camera was the limit for smartphones, Sony is once again changing the ruleset by being the first company to produce the world’s first 48 megapixel camera sensor for a smartphone.
Sony’s new IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor is now ready for mass production and Sony has said that the new sensor will specialise in producing professional photos in low-light conditions without compromising on quality.
With a 48MP sensor on board, it now puts Sony firmly in a league of their own, beating nearest rivals such as the Huawei P20 Pro which has a 40MP camera and the Nokia Lumia 1020 which boasts a 41MP sensor.
The images above were supplied by Sony in their press release, showing an example of the quality that their new sensor will offer whilst taking photos from distance, compared to a conventional camera with a 12 megapixel sensor.
The big question now is whether Sony’s next flagship in 2019 will offer the first glimpse at the world’s first 48MP camera in a smartphone, or if Sony will give this luxury to another phone maker – Apple is one such company who uses Sony camera sensors for their iPhones.
Are you excited to see smartphone cameras move on to the next level and look forward to seeing the 48MP sensor on the market, potentially next year?