Sony Announces the Development of a New 247 Megapixel Sensor

Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS) announced a new 247-megapixel medium-format image sensor, which is around the same size as the 100- and 150-megapixel sensors found in Phase One IQ4 digital backs and the Hasselblad H6D series.

As reported by Sony Alpha Rumors, SSS has introduced two new large-format CMOS sensors to its catalog: the IMX811-AAMR and IMX811-AAQR. The rolling shutter image sensor uses 24 dB PGA circuitry and a 16-bit A/D converter with a full 16-bit digital output. Even with 16-bit output, the sensor promises to capture 247-megapixel photographs at 5.3 frames per second. Speeds can be improved to 10.5 and 12.4 fps by switching to 14-bit or 12-bit mode on the A/D converter.

The IMX811’s plus-24 dB gain setting differs from the plus-36 dB gain setting on the IMX411 (150-megapixel Type 4.2) sensor in the Phase One system and the IMX461 (100-megapixel Type 3.4) sensor in the GFX and Hasselblad X systems. That could indicate a reduced sensitivity in the new 247-megapixel sensor.

This sensor could be used for scientific, industrial, or surveillance applications.

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