Sony 16.41 Megapixel Cellphone Sensor Announced

October 7, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony has announced the world’s first 16.41 megapixel CMOS sensor for mobile phones. The sensor, which puts today’s 12 megapixel units to shame, comes with dramatically improved photographic performance including significantly high sensitivity and low noise.

The 1/2.8-inch back-illuminated Exmor R model IMX081PQ sensor packs an industry smallest 1.12μm unit cell size and is capable of shooting 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps.

Sony claims to have solved the problems related to those incredible small pixel sizes by implementing 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.

The shipment of the sensor has been planned to begin in January 2011 and it will be having a price tag of ¥2,500 (about $30) per or ¥12,000 (about $145) when packaged with a 10.5 x 10.5 x 7.9 mm IU081F autofocus lens module that ships in March.

A second, 1/3.2-inch 8.13 megapixel IMX105PQ sensor with IU105F2 lens module (pictured on the right) will be out in April 2011 and will cost a lot less.

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