Sony Semiconductor division has announced the new IMX183CLK-J “Mono” & IMX183CQJ-J “Color” Sensors in 1″ size. The sensor seems to be a step up compared to the ones used in the last RX100 and RX10 camera series. While there is no mention in the press release of a stacked combo; the sensor itself should be able to be built on a high speed stacked memory package which should allow extreme frame rates at HD resolutions.
The sensor used in the RX100 V, for example, is a 1″ Exmor RS which allows for HDR capture in both photo and video modes. The new sensors announced are of the R variety “No video HDR” which could mean another variation of the sensor will debut with the RX100 VI. Considering the cameras are due for a refresh this year we expect Sony to up the ante when it comes to read-out data speeds and use their stacking technology.
“Like Exmor R™, Exmor RS™ for mobile uses a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that allows you to take exceptional photographs under low light conditions. … The difference is thatExmor R™ enables HDR for photos, whereas Exmor RS™ for mobile brings HDR for both photos and video.” – Sony
Sony IMX183 Main Sensor Characteristics:
- 2.4 µm square unit pixel
- 1″ Inch Sensor Size (C-Mount Compatibility)
- IMX183CQJ-J (Color Version)
- IMX183CLK-J (Monochrome Version)
- vertical arbitrary cropping function (Windowing)
- 4096H × 2160V, 10-bit mode, 59.94 fps
- 10-bit high-speed all-pixel readout
- 20.48M pixels (aspect 3:2) high-speed readout at 21.98 fps
The Sony RX100 V which is one of our favorite budget slow motion cameras “See our best of 2016 post” was announced October 6th 2016. Which means we are about 3 months from an announcement. Of more interest to us is the announcement of the RX10 III replacement along with a possible RX10 II version as well. Those cameras are a little behind the RX100 V with less recording time in resolution priority mode even when they use the same sensor. What does change is the depth of the buffer which should be improved in the next camera iteration by allowing faster 4k and 1080p captures.
We expect Sony to jump to 480fps 1080p or near that quality at some point in the next two years. Even when it is time-limited i.e. 2-4 seconds a real 480fps full HD video clip will be sought after by slow motion enthusiasts.
We will monitor the sensor developments closely as Sony continues to be at the forefront of high speed read out with their Stacked CMOS sensor technology. – HSC
Sony IMX183 ExmorR Full Press Release Below:
Release Link here!
Diagonal 15.86 mm (Type 1) Approx. 20.48M-Effective Pixel Monochrome/Color CMOS Image Sensor
High-Speed and High-Picture-Quality Rolling Shutter-Type Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensors with Multi Pixel and All-Pixel Global Reset Function
In the industrial application field, needs are increasing for faster products with higher pixel counts and for rolling shutter functions. To meet these needs, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation has developed the “IMX183CLK-J/CQJ-J” CMOS image sensors equipped with an all-pixel global reset function. The image sensor uses a high sensitivity back-illuminated structure 2.4 µm square unit pixel, and we have developed both color (IMX183CQJ-J) and monochrome (IMX183CLK-J) products. The optical size is Type 1 to enable use of a C-mount lens. In addition, these products are equipped with a variety of functions such as 4K video mode and a vertical arbitrary cropping function.
- Supports 20.48M-pixel readout at 21.98 frame/s in 12-bit mode
- Supports all-pixel global reset (use with mechanical shutter)
- Supports 4K video mode (4096H × 2160V, 10-bit mode, 59.94 frame/s)
- Supports a variety of readout modes such as 10-bit high-speed all-pixel readout, 12-bit high-resolution readout, and vertical arbitrary cropping
- High-sensitivity back-illuminated structure 2.4 µm square unit pixel with a proven record in products for security camera and industrial applications
* Exmor R is a trademark of Sony Corporation. The Exmor R is a Sony’s CMOS image sensor with significantly enhanced imaging characteristics including sensitivity and low noise by changing fundamental structure of Exmor™ pixel adopted column parallel A/D converter to back-illuminated type.
Supports 20.48M-pixel readout at 21.98 frame/s in 12-bit mode
High-resolution 12-bit digital output of the signals for 20.48M pixels (aspect ratio 3:2) realizes high-speed readout at 21.98 frame/s. This image sensor enables even higher resolution imaging of finer objects at high frame rates in excess of 20 frame/s, while still maintaining high picture quality.
Supports all-pixel global reset (use with mechanical shutter)
The IMX183CQJ-J/CLK-J series is equipped with a global shutter function that can globally reset the internal accumulated charges using an external trigger. Imaging with a flash and mechanical shutter after this all-pixel global reset makes it possible to align the exposure start timing of all pixels, achieving storage operation similar to that of a global shutter. The exposure time can also be adjusted by varying the vertical sync signal input period. (However, the minimum vertical sync signal period is 18 times the horizontal readout period.)
Supports 4K video mode (4096H × 2160V, 10-bit mode, 59.94 frame/s)
10-bit digital output of the signals for approx. 9.03M-effective pixels (aspect ratio approx. 17:9) realizes high-speed output at 59.94 frame/s and also enables video imaging.
Supports various readout modes
The IMX183CQJ-J/CLK-J series supports various readout modes including the above-noted high-resolution 12-bit all-pixel output, 10-bit all-pixel output that enables even faster readout, and high-speed 4K video output, as well as vertical arbitrary cropping output mode (cropping size restrictions apply) and a high-speed readout mode that uses the binning function (Table 3).
High-sensitivity back-illuminated structure 2.4 µm square unit pixel with a proven record in products for security camera and industrial applications
The IMX183CQJ-J/CLK-J series uses a high-sensitivity back-illuminated structure 2.4 µm square unit pixel with a proven record in the IMX178LLJ/LQJ*1 (for security camera and industrial applications).
*1: For details on the IMX178LQJ series, see the New Product information released in September 2013.
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Photograph 1 Sample Images
Condition: 2000 lx F4.0 (ADC 12-bit mode , internal gain 0 dB)