Sony announced today the availability of a new CMOS image sensor capable of taking 16 megapixels photos. The new sensor, called “Exmor R” is back illuminated and Sony claims it features a higher sensitivity and lower noise than today’s technology.
The technical name is IMX081PQ and the unit (pixel) size is 1.12μm, the smallest in the industry. It would be interesting to know how much better these sensors are in low light conditions, since the experience tells us the smaller a pixel is, less light will touch it so the performance will degrade. This is why the SLR camera manufacturers are using the biggest sensors available.
Together with the new sensor, Sony will also release special lens to go with them, including lens for cell-phones.