Sony's Latest Image Sensor Boasts Hybrid Autofocus
Feb 16, 2016, 8:02 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Sony today announced the IMX318, an Exmor RS image sensor for high-end smartphones. The sensor drops the individual pixel size to a single micron each, which Sony says reduces the size of the sensor while also improving low-light photography. Sony claims the IMX318 is the first imaging sensor to use high-speed, hybrid autofocus that can focus in 0.03 seconds for still images and in 0.017 seconds for video. The stacked CMOS sensor also includes three-axis image stabilization that can correct for camera shake and lens distortion. The sensor has 22.5 effective megapixels and can capture full-frame images even while recording 4K video. Sony expects to ship the IMX318 image sensor in May.
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