Thursday, February 9, 2017
Sony is one of the world's best image sensor manufacturers, and one of their upcoming image sensors will really be a game changer, by adding a DRAM layer directly to the sensor itself.
Typically, image sensors consist in a photo sensitive area, and then the circuitry that reads out those pixels and sends them to the device image processing unit. Sony says it found a way to add a DRAM layer right next to the pixels, opening up a new world of possibilities.
With this new sensor, we can capture Full HD video at 960fps(!), do 19.3MP full-frame readouts at 30fps, and allow a new generation of noise reduction and image stabilization algorithms to work its magic.
As an added benefit, rolling shutter distortions will become a lot less noticeable, as the increased sensor readout velocity will allow it to better "freeze" the image in place.
... So, how long till we have the first smartphones/cameras on the market with this new sensor?