New Sony phone camera sensor shoots 1080p video at 1,000 FPS

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Proper slow motion video recording may soon be possible on smartphones thanks to the industry-leading efforts of Sony's camera sensor division. The company has created a new smartphone-sized sensor capable of recording 1080p video at 1,000 frames per second, which comfortably blows away the slow-mo offerings of current-gen handsets.

The sensor, which Sony is calling the "industry's first 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones," achieves such high video capture frame rates through extremely fast data readout speeds. When shooting still images, the sensor can read one 19.3-megapixel image in 1/120th of a second, which is around 4x faster than current sensors. This speed advantage allows high frame rate video capture in this form factor for the first time.

Most smartphone cameras at the moment can record up to 240 frames per second at 720p, or sometimes 120 FPS at 1080p. This new sensor won't just record four times faster than current devices: it'll do it at a higher resolution as well.

The sensor's ultra-fast data readout speeds also help reduce focal plane distortion, which makes fast-moving objects appear slanted in still imagery. It should help mitigate the equivalent issue in video capture as well, known as the 'rolling-shutter effect'.

The sensor itself is a 21.2-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS unit with 1.22 micron pixels. It can capture stills at up to 30 frames per second with a resolution of 19.3-megapixels, plus it supports 4K video at 60 FPS, and of course 1080p at up to 1,000 FPS.

There is no word on when we might see this sensor in smartphones, but this technology should hit the market in the coming years. Expect it to debut in one of Sony's next-generation flagship devices.

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IAMTHESTIG

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Crazy... somehow I feel the 4K should be able to capture at least around 200 fps though. 4k @ 200 fps would be a HUGE help for dash cam video.
 

Evernessince

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Crazy... somehow I feel the 4K should be able to capture at least around 200 fps though. 4k @ 200 fps would be a HUGE help for dash cam video.
4k @ 200 fps sounds like it would consume a massive amount of space very quickly. Most 4k movies at 24.7 fps consume 21 GB with decent compression. That would be 8 times as large at 200 FPS, or 168 GB. Even small clips would quickly fill up a dashcam's SD card.
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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Nice. Now you actually be Max Payne instead of just playing his character. Just go slowly on the bottle and pain killers though... or maybe not.
 
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And the battery lasts a grand total of 5 seconds once you start shooting lol.
no problem, cause the onboard memory fills in 0.5 seconds, this will allow Sony to advertise that this feature doesn't affect battery life. Since it's a phone, will it even have an SD card?
 

Kibaruk

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Well I think you are missing it by a long shot, unless you plan to take super slow mo movies, it shouldn't be an issue. I'm pretty sure Sony has taken into consideration the keyboard champions of the internet and has put a big sized internal memory with an expanded option for Micro SD or full sized SD.
 

IAMTHESTIG

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4k @ 200 fps sounds like it would consume a massive amount of space very quickly. Most 4k movies at 24.7 fps consume 21 GB with decent compression. That would be 8 times as large at 200 FPS, or 168 GB. Even small clips would quickly fill up a dashcam's SD card.
Well flash memory keeps getting bigger and bigger... but there are different types of dash cams. A dash cam that keeps a constant buffer to hold say 5 minutes of video and can then dump it to a flash card when someone presses the "Record" button, or it is trigger by an event such as accelerometer. You don't have to be recording everything to flash memory, really.