Sony announces 16 Megapixel Exmor R camera sensor for mobile phones

Sony promises to “dramatically improved photographic performance” with its latest Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensors that will be integrated in two new lens modules made for mobile phones.

One of the new sensors, called Sony Exmor R IMX081PQ, is capable of providing 16.41 Megapixel photos, adopting “the industry’s smallest 1 unit pixel size of 1.12 micrometers”.

To elude issues that may appear when a unit pixel is that small, Sony has implemented “a unique formation of photo diodes optimally designed for fine pixel structure to realize a CMOS image sensor with high resolution, high sensitivity and low noise” – this should allow you to capture high quality images and videos even in unfavorable light settings.

The Exmor R IMX081PQ 16MP sensor will ship for about $30 starting January next year – several months before another new Exmor R sensor (IMX105PQ, 8 Megapixels) should ship for only $18.

The new Sony lens that will include the 16MP and 8MP Exmor R sensors are called IU081F and IU105F2. They are down-sized, autofocus modules that will cost $97 and $146, respectively.

For more details on the new CMOS image sensors and the new lens (including technical stuff) read Sony’s press release.

I’m wondering which handset maker will be the first to intro a 16MP cameraphone. Sony Ericsson, maybe?

Author: Florin

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