New Sony Sensor Promises Awesome Smartphone Autofocus

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It appears an era of even higher quality smartphone photography is almost upon us. If Sony has anything to say about it, autofocus is about to get a major shot in the arm courtesy of the newly announced Exmor RS IMX230, a sensor Sony says will make it possible for smartphone cameras to snap high-quality images in backlit scenes.

A CMOS sensor capable of achieving 21 megapixel stills, the Exmor RS IMX230 will include a 192-point phase detection autofocus that reportedly will make it possible for smartphone shutterbugs to capture moving objects in crisp, clear focus. Also included is an integrated HDR that will enable high resolution still photos and also fold in 4K video capability.

Sony’s already-existing Exmor sensor currently used in several iOS and Android devices, including the iPhone 6 and the OnePlus One. According to reports, the improved Exmor RS IMX230 will hit market around April of 2015 and will probably be the featured selling point of Sony’s next smartphone product.

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