Sony IMX989 1 Inch Camera Sensor

Sony beats Samsung, launches the first 1-inch camera sensor for phones

While Samsung was the first brand to break the 100MP and 200MP barriers in the smartphone camera segment, Sony outperformed its South Korean competitor by developing a 1-inch sensor. The Japanese company will be the first to launch a 1-inch smartphone camera sensor, the IMX989.

The Sony IMX989 1-inch camera sensor will debut with Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The device will be launched along with Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro on July 4, 2022. It is a 50MP camera sensor, and the original pixel size will be around 1.5μm, which is theoretically supposed to offer excellent performance in low-light conditions.

While some Sony phones actually use 1-inch sensors, they are all cropped versions of the sensors used in Sony digital cameras. IMX989 is the first 1-inch sensor designed specifically for smartphones. Sony is also rumored to be working on a 100MP mid-range camera sensor.

Samsung’s largest sensor is the ISOCELL GN2. It has an optical format of 1/1.12 inch and a native pixel size of 1.4 µm. Although the ISOCELL GN2 is the best ISOCELL sensor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to use the ISOCELL HP1. It is a 200-megapixel camera sensor with an optical format of 1 / 1.22 inches and a native pixel size of 0.64 µm.

Sony’s new IMX989 camera sensor should provide much better image and video quality than Samsung’s 200MP camera sensor. However, a lot also depends on the image processing algorithms. So, only time will tell if Samsung’s upcoming flagship can match the camera performance of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

Xiaomi 12S Sony IMX989 1-inch Camera Sensor Size Comparison

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