Want HDR Video Recording On Your Smartphone? Sony’s New CMOS Sensors Can Make It Happen (Video)

As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“.  It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera.  Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets.  Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions.  However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.


With their own proprietary technology, the company is able to reduce the size of the sensor significantly while also improving performance and power consumption.  Nicer camera, smaller footprint and uses less battery?  Yes Please.  Without getting too technical and at the risk of boring you to death, the RGBW coding allows for added white pixels to the traditional alignment of red, green and blue ones.  With efficient use of signal processing, the new coding structure allows a much higher sensitivity when low light is present.  And it does so with no added noise while preserving quality.  In addition, in bright light scenarios, the RGBW coding allows you to take HDR video ultimately enhancing contrast and clarity for optimal playback.  The company is looking to start shipping the new CMOS sensors this spring.  Look for an 8 megapixel sensor without RGBW some time in March and a 13 & 8 meg sensor with RGBW coding around June and August respectively.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Sony by Android and Me]

About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.