Sony introduces IMX586 smartphone camera with 48 MP Quad Bayer sensor

23 July 2018
The module has pixel size of 0.8 um and supports 4K videos at 90 fps.

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  • Ryan

Sony's other cameras are good, they just need to get on the 5x optical zoom game that Huawei, Oppo, and soon Samsung are all rocking. Pairing up a monochrome and their 1/2.3 19 or 20mpxl sensors without quad bayer arrays would be even better, and if they could find a way to fit the 1/2.3 size (where others are at most tiny 12 or 13mpxl cameras) into that periscope they would end the phone camera game for a few years.


And get on band 71 already! T-Mobile users wont have any coverage in that new 600mhz band. Would be cool to know if Sony has the 4x4 antennas and VoLTE as well. Never see any of that stuff in their specs...


So for users in the USA that want Sony phones they might have to switch to competitors or just be perpetually stuck with 2 bars and calls that don't go through IN THE MIDDLE OF ORLANDO FLORIDA.


Sony, you could be so great, but I might have to just suck it up and switch to another brand.

  • Marco.

NOT AN IPHONE USER, 05 Dec 2018Really? Real innovation?, my god Sony is already behind in ... moreFirst there 2 big things that can be seen as innovation in smartphone branch. the SOC and the Shooter. SOC is basicly Samsung, huawei, apple, mediatek and snapdragon. And for shooters is basicly ONLY sony. So infact Sony carries 50% of the innovation.

  • NOT AN IPHONE USER

Really? Real innovation?, my god Sony is already behind in most of latest phone technology, Yes they're still the best in terms of camera but real innovation? U must be joking

  • MARK

SONY is the real mobile innovation

Thank you Sony!

Amazing technology, perfect sensors! Kudos Sony!

Shanti Dope, 12 Aug 2018Why would a major camera manufacturer ever use a camera of ... moreMan who have the money can everythig. Money tells stories, money tells facts and money proves everything.
Laws, judges, justicators etc all can be bought for money.
Even the photo from proffesional camera added here to be disgguised like it were maked by some phone.

carlesescude, 27 Jul 2018Ok... then I understand that big pixel size (like Nexus 5x,... moreBig pixels are necessary, but so does a high resolution sensor.
There are certain cases in photography where high megapixel really matters, so it just can't always be about more light.
Besides, this Quad Bayer sensor could potentially be the solution for having both high megapixel and still great low light image capability at the same time, due to the fact that the 48 million pixels combine together into larger pixels at up to 2x their size and achieve a massive 1.6um pixels, which is larger than most of today's smartphones.

CptPower, 25 Jul 2018Nice photo i wonder which nikon or cannon camera has been u... moreWhy would a major camera manufacturer ever use a camera of their competitor when their own ones are better?
You may be pertaining to other brands because Sony doesn't need false marketing to convince people (well, even if they're very honest, no one still believes in them other than probably me).

Meh, 25 Jul 2018Sony's sensors are good but their image processing sux. Period.I just told you keep up with the news
Xperia XZ2's image processing is now on par with something like the Pixel 2 if not any better
Don't believe me for this one, but GSMArena samples already tell you that I'm telling a true story

Anonymous, 26 Jul 2018No... It did not. You're just another Sony eccentricOh look, someone's in denial, eh??
Must've been a hard journey for you to live a lie don't you think??

  • JJ

Beautiful job SONY.

Ok... then I understand that big pixel size (like Nexus 5x, a 2015 phone that has 1,55μ) is better.
Why the 2018 phones don't have this pixel size? or even better...

  • Anonymous

Shanti Dope, 25 Jul 2018First, get your grammar right before you speak scientifical... moreNo... It did not. You're just another Sony eccentric

  • jed

^LOL, Sony supplies image sensors to Canon and Nikon as well. :)

  • Meh

Shanti Dope, 25 Jul 2018First, get your grammar right before you speak scientifical... moreSony's sensors are good but their image processing sux. Period.

Shanti Dope, 25 Jul 2018First, get your grammar right before you speak scientifical... moreRight. Sensor size would be always the #1 real camera quality factor.
Don't worry, he's just another portraiture of most hoomans in these day, lesson learned.

Nice photo i wonder which nikon or cannon camera has been used for that high quality photos.
Those low quality were made by sony. The others have been made by some DSLR camera.
At that range phone camera can make so oerfect photos that just not possible.

Hamsadeh, 24 Jul 2018Sony only make good sensors for other phone manufacturers, ... moreFirst, get your grammar right before you speak scientifically.
Second, I hope you are doing your actual research and study before you have said it. The XZ2's camera has just beaten the S9+'s camera whether you believe or not to that fact.

  • Hamsadeh

Sony only make good sensors for other phone manufacturers, all cameras on their own phones are sux so bad