Sony's new camera sensor will decimate every smartphone camera out there
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Sony’s IMX318 camera sensor was the star of the show last year featuring in phones like the Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 which were unanimously considered to have the best cameras seen in smartphones. Now, Sony is showing off its latest camera sensor, a three-stack CMOS sensor that can capture slo-mo videos at 1,000fps. That is eight times faster than all its competition with minimal focal pane distortion.

The unnamed sensor, being developed by Sony can also take 19.3-megapixel images in 1/20th of a second, a metric which is four times faster than other chips. Sony has achieved this through a layer a DRAM (of 1GB) squeezed between the top and bottom layers of the sensor. This allows the CMOS sensor to capture 1080p full HD videos at 1,000fps. The 1GB DRAM provides a buffer for the sensor and takes the load off the external ISP allowing for faster capture speeds and even faster processing.

To understand the importance of what Sony has achieved with its newest sensor, just take a moment to remember that the best camera phones- Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 can shoot full HD slo-mo videos at 120fps. The 1,000fps benchmark will decimate every smartphone camera out there right now.

The sensor can also take 4K videos at 60fps now, a bump from 30fps on the IMX 318.


Since most flagship phones rely on Sony for the camera sensors, commercial adoption of Sony’s achievement is inevitable, but it will take some time to trickle down to next-gen flagships. Sony’s previous flagship sensor, the IMX 318 was launched in February 2016 but it wasn’t until the launch of the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel that it became available for use. It’s expected the current sensor which is in development will also follow a similar timeline.

Sony has also released a video highlighting the features of the sensor. Watch what a 1,000fps slo-mo video looks like.