Panasonic’s CM1 Android handset contained a 1-inch camera sensor back in 2014, and Sharp’s Aquos R6 also carried a 1-inch camera sensor (weighing in at 20MP) but the device is available only in Japan. The IMX800 will be the largest camera sensor placed inside a smartphone from a major manufacturer.
Sony’s long rumored IMX800 camera sensor is tipped to debut on the Xiaomi 12 Ultra
The larger the camera sensor, the more light it can capture which improves the sharpness of an image, creates less noise, and delivers better quality bokeh blurs. The buzz around the water cooler is that Sony’s rumored new sensor will be used on the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Last year’s Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra sports Samsung’s 50MP GN2 camera sensor.
Of course, there are other ingredients besides the camera sensor that goes into the production of a great photo including the quality of the lens being used and any image optimization being employed. How do you think that those early Pixel phones with one 12MP camera sensor on the back became known for delivering one of the best-if not the best-photographic experiences on a handset?
Sony and Samsung are the top two suppliers of camera sensors for smartphones
What is so interesting is that despite being one of the two best names in the business of manufacturing camera sensors, Sony can’t seem to get any traction when it comes to its own Xperia smartphones.