Sony said Monday that it's designed the highest-resolution image sensor for phone cameras, offering 48 effective megapixels.
This increased pixel count allows for 8,000 x 6,000 photos and high-definition imaging even when an image is zoomed in, the company says.
Its 0.8 micron pixel size will work with a Quad Bayer color filter array to match the colors of the adjacent 2 x 2 pixels and avoid noisy, dim image quality when taking photos in low-light conditions.
"Original Sony exposure control technology and signal processing functionality are built into the image sensor, enabling real-time output and a superior dynamic range that is four times greater than conventional products," the company notes.
Sony plans to start shipping the sensors in September, at a price of 3,000 yen ($27).
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