Sony Corporation today announces the commercialization of the
Exmor RS IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other devices requiring
increasingly sophisticated image-capture functionality. With 21
effective megapixels, this stacked CMOS imaging sensor features
compact size, higher image quality, and improved functionality.
This is the industry’s first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to
be equipped with an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal
processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of
fast-moving subjects. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) function, which
captures both backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly even in
high-contrast scenes such as backlit locations, now supports
high-resolution still images and 4K video recording. This new CMOS
image sensor will ship in April 2015.
Looks impressive — and Apple has long used Sony sensors for iPhone cameras. (Sony’s specs only list video frame rates going to 120 FPS — the iPhone 6 supports 240. Not sure if that’s only for HDR video, though.)