Mihoul DasJune 30, 2022 at 13:28:27 IST
Sony has some of the best camera sensors on the market. This is the reason why most smartphone manufacturers use Sony sensors in their smartphones. While the upcoming flagship smartphone from Xiaomi, Xiaomi 12S Ultra . has been developed In collaboration with LeicaThe smartphone manufacturer decided to opt for the camera sensor developed by Sony.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra will use the Sony IMX 989, which is the same sensor that Sony uses in the RX100 Mk 7 cameras. The RX100 Mk 7 is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market right now and is very popular among novice YouTubers and content creators.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra features a Sony IMX989 sensor, which is Sony’s largest image sensor to date. The 1″ Super Sensor captures more light and allows for faster focusing speed and better dynamic range. # XIAOMI12SUltra Officially opens a new era in photo technology. pic.twitter.com/45lza1N1vQ
– leijun 29 June 2022
Xiaomi’s decision to use a properly developed large camera sensor for its upcoming flagship is a huge moment for smartphone photography, provided they calibrate the sensor properly. Here’s why.
More data to play with
Most smartphone camera sensors are barely half the size of a 1-inch sensor. It doesn’t matter how many pixels the manufacturer pushes into the sensor. Samsung 200MP Camera Sensor It might look impressive on paper, but if it doesn’t use some kind of pixel grouping to group individual pixels and create a larger pixel, the images are taken on ISOCELL HP1 Or HP3 sensors have a lot of artifacts and noise, which ultimately makes the image grainy and unusable.
More than the number of pixels, the pixel size is what matters. A larger pixel will be able to capture more light and therefore more data. This means that the camera’s processor has more data to work with and will eventually be able to output a better image.
This is one of the reasons why smartphone cameras have, for a long time, been just as good as full-frame cameras, but they also lack some of the basic functions that professional photographers rely so heavily on. If Xiaomi calibrates the sensor correctly and uses high-quality glass elements for the lenses, photos and videos taken in the dark should be amazing. This is where Xiaomi got it wrong with the Mi 11 Ultra, which had a 1/1.2-inch camera sensor.
Better dynamic range
Another advantage of having a larger sensor is that the camera naturally has a greater or better dynamic range.
Dynamic range basically refers to the ratio between the maximum and minimum signal that is acquired by the sensor. At the upper bound, pixels appear in white for each higher value of intensity (saturation), while pixels appear in black at the lower and lower bounds.
What this means is that in the same photo or video, the sensor is able to handle a varied level of brightness and darkness in such a way that there is no or preferably no color distortion.
Better depth of field or bokeh
The most obvious difference that a large sensor makes for amateur photographers is the bokeh or “blur” of an image. Smartphone camera sensors have always been small, and because of that, no matter how wide the aperture you use, there simply isn’t enough room to separate the background and foreground. That’s why smartphone cameras had to process their images and create an illusory bokeh effect. This would not be an issue with a larger sensor.
Having said all this, it really depends on how Xiaomi and Leica calibrate the Sony sensor. Also, it would be foolish for anyone to say that smartphone cameras are getting better than proper full-frame or mid-format cameras; They haven’t, and for the foreseeable future, they won’t for at least two decades. What Sony and Samsung have been able to achieve with their sensors, however, is to push smartphone manufacturers closer to the end goal they have all been aiming for, from a distance.