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Sony IMX230 21-megapixel Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor announced for smartphones

Sony Corporation has recently announced a new IMX230 1/2.4″ 21-megapixel Exmor RS stacked camera sensor for smartphones. Recently, OmniVision had announced a similar camera sensor for high-end smartphones.


The new Sony IMX230 Exmor sensor has onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function. The new sensor promises best focus tracking of fast-moving subjects and the HDR function will enable you to capture both backgrounds and subjects clearly even in high-contrast scenes such as backlit locations.

Sony IMX230 camera sensor also supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) Ultra HD videos and still images. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging enables the camera to record still images and videos that reproduce details and rich gradations in the highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes. The dedicated image plane phase detection AF pixels will be discretely incorporated into the screen of the image sensor, and the distance to the subject (range) and lens position for focusing will be calculated based on the information obtained from these dedicated pixels.

Sony IMX230 Specifications

  • Number of effective pixels 5344 (H) x 4016 (V) 21-megapixel
  • Unit cell size 1.12µm (H) x 1.12µm (V)
  • Image size diagonal 7.487mm (Type: 1/2.4)
  • Frame rate Full 24fps
  • Movie: 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps
  • Sensor saturation signal (minimum value) 330mV
  • Sensitivity (standard value: F5.6) 78mV
  • Power Supply: Analog 2.5V, Digital 1.1V, Interface 1.8V
  • Key features: Image plane phase detection, AF, HDR imaging, white spot correction, NR
  • Image format: Bayer RAW
  • Output: MIPI (4 lane)

The new Sony IMX230 21-megapixel Exmor image sensor will be available for sampling for the price of 2,100 yen (USD 18) and will be available in smartphones which will ship in April, 2015.

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