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Sony Unveils 247-Megapixel Camera Sensor

Sony has unveiled a new medium format sensor with a resolution of 247 megapixels and 16-bit processing. Sony’s sensor business, Sony Semiconductor Solutions, which is responsible for most of the sensors used in today’s cameras, has showcased the IMX811 industrial sensor in color and monochrome models.

Sony’s new Type 4.1 sensor, which falls into the category of CMOS sensors, is larger than the Type 3.4 sensor used in cameras such as the Fujifilm GFX100 II and the Hasselblad X2D 100C. It is roughly the same size as the sensor used in the Phase One IQ4 and Hasselblad H series products.

The IMX811 sensor will be used in Sony’s all-new cameras and is unlikely to be available to ordinary users, at least for now. However, Sony has a history of offering a sensor in both industrial and consumer cameras, and it is possible that the IMX811 will one day make its way into the company’s consumer cameras. For example, the company’s 100-megapixel sensor has previously been used in some Fujifilm and Hasselblad cameras.

The detail captured by Sony’s 247-megapixel sensor is beyond imagination. The $50,000 Phase One IQ4, like the world’s most expensive travel camera, the Phase One XC, is equipped with a 150-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, the GFX100 II and X2D 100C cameras have 100-megapixel sensors and offer impressive quality with that same sensor.

The new 247-megapixel sensor will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the price of Sony cameras, and we expect it to be more expensive than the Hasselblad X2D 100C camera.

According to Sony’s press release, the new sensor has a 3:2 aspect ratio, a resolution of 19,200 x 12,800 pixels, and a 16-bit output at 5.3 frames per second. In 12-bit mode, the continuous shooting rate reaches 12 frames per second.

 

Additional details:

The sensor uses a back-illuminated structure and has a pixel size of 3.36 micrometers.
It is capable of capturing 16 stops of dynamic range.
The sensor has a built-in phase detection autofocus system with 759 phase detection points.
It is also capable of recording 8K video at 30 frames per second.
The IMX811 sensor is a significant technological achievement and is sure to have a major impact on the world of photography. It will be interesting to see how Sony uses this sensor in its future cameras.

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