Sony Develops 1/18” CMOS Sensor for High Speed Photography

Sony IMX017CQE CMOS sensor

Sony has developed a high-speed 1/1.8” CMOS sensor with a resolution of 6Mp (2921 x 2184) and the ability to output this resolution at 60 frames per second. At lower resolutions, it can deliver 300fps.

What this means is that the Sony IMX017CQE CMOS sensor can actually capture a lot of still photos in the process of shooting video. In effect, it achieves high-speed photography; each photo in the series is a high-resolution still capture from the video.

Sony says they have achieved fast image acquisition and reproduction of high picture quality still images and moving images in the IMX017CQE by combining the speed and integration characteristics of the CMOS sensor technology in the readout and other peripheral circuits.

To achieve high resolution and high sensitivity, Sony optimized the pixel process technology and the pixel layout and achieved a sensitivity of 4200e- (at 3200K, 706 cd/m2, and 1/30 s accumulation) in a 2.5 μm unit pixel size.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.