Sony Create a 16.41 Megapixel Cell Phone Camera

The Nokia N8 has a 12 megapixel camera sensor built in. This however, wont be the record for long it seems as Sony is trying to up the game a little by creating a 16.41 megapixel sensor. This is, from what we understand, the worlds largest capacity sensor available for a smartphone.

The sensor measures 1/2.8 inch and is a back-illuminated Exmor R type sensor with the model number of IMX081PQ.

It is capable at capturing video at 30 frames per second with a resolution of 1080p. Drop that down to 720p and you can get up to 60 frames per second.

To get the sensor working, Sony had to come up with a slightly different method to capture that many pixels in such a small place. This was achieved by using a unique formation of photo diodes that is now capable of a high resolution image without much difference in noise.

Price wise, it is expected that they will cost $30 each when launched in January 2011. This isn’t bulk price though which will see them further drop in price. it isn’t clear when phone manufacturers will start using them in phones. The smaller sensor on the right can capture 8.13 megapixels and will cost less and be out in April.

Via: Engadget

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