In many cases, higher resolution sensors are created to enable digital zoom and that's one of the functions that Sony is pushing with its new IMX586 sensor. The IMX586 is apparently the world's first sensor to feature a pixel size of 0.8 μm - and those tiny pixels allowed for Sony to cram a whole lot of them into a sensor small enough to fit in a smartphone chassis. In terms of performance, Sony's IMX586 image sensor rivals that of the high-performance SLR cameras and allows users to capture state-of-the-art, high-res pictures with a smartphone.
The Sony IMX586 is created to take smartphone cameras to a new level. The firm claimed the phone would record "details never thought possible from a smartphone" and analysts called it the best smartphone camera on the market. The sensor can also be devised to use signals from four adjacent pixels during low light, resulting in increased sensitivity.
More importantly, the IMX586 utilizes a Quad Bayer color filter where each 2×2 pixels use the same color.
A resolution comparison of a standard 12-megapixel sensor compared to the 48-megapixel
Sony has just announced a new CMOS sensor for smartphones that captures 48-megapixel photos - the highest pixel count in the industry. Also, the sensor can also be adjusted to employ signals from four adjacent pixels in low-light surroundings that results in superior sensitivity that can go hand in hand with a sensor featuring 12 effective megapixels. In good lighting conditions, Sony's DSP magic conceptually lets the sensor perform array conversion on the raw pixel data to a traditional Bayer mosaic before further processing. Even scenes with both bright and dark areas can be captured with minimal highlight blowout or loss of detail in shadows while viewing the image on the smartphone display.
The new camera technology should arrive on smartphones next year, meaning Sony's 2019 line of Xperia phones could be set for a major sensor upgrade.