Sony announces new Exmor RS camera phone sensor – Upgraded signal processing & HDR video

Sony has announced it’s next generation of smartphone and tablet image sensors, dubbed the ‘Exmor RS’. Sony has been hard at work improving sensor behavior and image quality while keeping it all small enough for that next pricey phone contract. Succeeding the company’s current line-up of Exmor R sensors, Exmor RS will utilize a stacked CMOS sensor with a standard RGB coding, compared to earlier models, which required additional detectors for white light in addition to red, green and blue.

Expected to make its debut in October, Exmor RS will come in three flavors — two 8MP units, and a higher-end 13MP unit. In addition, Sony says it’s developed new f/2.2 lenses to go with its new image sensors, opening the door to higher-quality HDR (high dynamic range) video recording on mobile devices. Given the timing of this announcement, we don’t expect to see Exmor RS used in any of the Sony phones to be announced at next week’s IFA press conference on Aug. 29. These new sensors however will mostly likely be in the next generation of Sony phones in early 2013. But this isn’t just big news for Sony fans — remember that other brands like Samsung and Apple also use Sony camera tech in their leading products.


Engadget via Sony Japan (Google Translate) 

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