Sony released details of a new 48MP image sensor

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The IMX586 is able to capture true 4K video at 4096×2160 at up to 90 frames per second. It is the highest pixel count in the industry, the 0.8-micron pixels used in this sensor will be the smallest on the market. The company says that both the resolution and pixel size are world firsts.  This will also allow for better low-light performance.”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.

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The sensor will be sold for $27 in September but Sony generally reserves new sensors for its own devices , so you might see it first in Sony’s Xperia XZ line of premium smartphones. Sony, which spun off its image sensor division in 2015, currently dominates sensor sales for both smartphones and premium DSLR/mirrorless cameras. You can expect to see the IMX586 on smartphones next year. Top smartphone cameras available in 2018 include the Google Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X, Galaxy S9, and the Huawei P20 Pro. Out of these devices, the P20 Pro by far has the highest megapixel count at 40MP.

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