Struggling phone making company Sony has unveiled its new and highly improved Exmor RS IMX230 camera that is going to be incorporated in to future smartphone cameras and other products. While the camera’s sensor’s maximum image taking resolution is 21 MP, (the same amount found in the company’s current flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3) the IMX230 will be utilizing a stacked design feature that will allow it to take far more detailed images compared to the ones that can currently be snapped on an Xperia Z3.
The camera sensor will also be able to take advantage of the image plane phase detection autofocus feature, which is normally found in mirrorless interchangeable camera lenses. The functionality of this feature is to allow a faster rate of autofocus to capture fast moving objects without compromising the overall quality of the image. The IMX230 will use up to 192 AF points, which is 20 points higher than the 172 points of the company’s previous 4D autofocus technology.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is another image enhancing feature present in the camera sensor. The difference that Sony has made to the IMX230 sensor is that the HDR video recording feature will now support the 4K video capture option. According to the company, the Exmor RS IMX230 will start shipping out in April 2015, and will carry a sample price tag of $18. With the camera sensor nearing launch, there is also a possibility that Sony will be assimilating the IMX230 in to its upcoming Xperia Z4 smartphone.
Sony has not yet commented whether it plans to license its camera sensor technology to other smartphone vendors. The company has not been performing well financially, with its projected loss expected to shoot up to £1.3 billion for FY 2014. It is reported that for the first time in 56 years, Sony will not be able to pay out its dividends to shareholders.