Sony teases their new IMX686 quad Bayer smartphone sensor with sample photos

Nov 8, 2019

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.

Sony teases their new IMX686 quad Bayer smartphone sensor with sample photos

Nov 8, 2019

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 seems to have taken a bit of a back seat to Samsung lately when it comes to smartphone sensors. With many of them utilising Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. Attempting to not be outdone, Sony has been teasing their next-generation IMX686 quad Bayer sensor in a new video which includes some sample photos shot using the new sensor

Sony China has posted a video to Weibo – which we can’t embed, so you’ll have to check this link to watch it. But it shows off some sample images shot using the new sensor. Sony does stress, however, that the phone shown in the video is simply a mockup and didn’t shoot the images. The images shown were created by the Sony IMX686 sensor in prototype test equipment, on a PC.

The Sony IMX686 is the successor to the Sony IMX586, 48-megapixel quad-Bayer sensor found in a number of high-end smartphones. Sony doesn’t mention the resolution or any specifications in the video, although GSM Arena suggests that based on rumours of phones that are supposed to use it, it should be around 60-64-megapixels.

It’s a shame Samsung recently announced a 108-megapixel sensor, really. Especially now that a phone has been launched which contains it. Of course, resolution isn’t everything. Noise, dynamic range, and many other factors are also important, as is the software behind it all.

The sample photos shown in the video, which Sony says were shot with the new IMX686 sensor, do look rather good, but we’ll have to see how it stacks up once it does eventually make it into a device.

[via GSM Arena]

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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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2 responses to “Sony teases their new IMX686 quad Bayer smartphone sensor with sample photos”

  1. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Can’t watch the video ?

  2. ShishkaBerry Avatar
    ShishkaBerry

    I prefer the Sony sensors to Samsung’s. I’ve taken some great shots with the Galaxy line, but the Pixel is just a cut above.