Sony adds two 44.72MP and 61.17MP full-frame 8K sensors to product list

Apr 12, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 12, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony has added two new image sensors to its product list. Both sensors are full-frame, with one having a resolution of 44.72 megapixels and the other being 61.17 megapixels. Both sensors mention the ability to shoot 8K video, with the 44.72-megapixel sensor specifically talking about “high-speed 8K” capabilities, listing 12-Bit 8K resolution at up to 61.25 frames per second in its max readout speeds.

Sony says that both the Sony IMX366AJK (44.72MP) and Sony IMX455AQK (61.17MP) sensors are destined for “use in consumer use digital still camera and consumer use camcorder”, which means they’re likely coming in future Sony bodies, but may also go up for sale for use in cameras from other brands, too.

Sony IMX366AJK (44.72MP)

The Sony IMX366AJK is a 44.72-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of shooting 26.15 frames per second in stills mode, with 12-Bit 8K DCI video at up to 60 frames per second and 12-bit 4K DCI at up to 120fps. Given the resolutions and frame rates listed, it’s possible that we might see this in a hypothetical upcoming A7S IV in the future.

 

Sony IMX455AQK (61.17MP)

The Sony IMX455AQK, on the other hand, is a higher resolution sensor, along similar lines to that which we’ve seen in Sony’s A7R series of cameras in the last couple of generations. The Sony A7R V is a pretty recently released camera, though, having been announced in only October 2022. I don’t think we’ll see an A7R VI coming any time soon, although Sony might have another high-resolution camera in the works.

It will be interesting to see which third parties will be buying these sensors for use in their cameras. I think we can expect Nikon to use one or both of these at some point, especially with as many Nikon bodies as there are currently floating around the rumour mill.

You can read the complete product sheet for the Sony IMX366AJK and Sony IMX455AQK on the Sony website.

What cameras do you want to see these sensors in?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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