Sony’s new IMX318 camera sensor is out with a 22.5MP resolution and fast focus

Sony has released the new Exmor RS IMX318 camera sensor with some impressive specs including stabilisation. Keep reading for more info.

The Exmor RS IMX318 wil start appearing on phone towards the end of this year. As is the norm with new Exmor series sensors, the Exmor RS IMX318 too will be seen first only on an Xperia phone… probably one that’s yet to be announced.

The Exmor RS IMX318 is a type 1/2.6-inch stacked CMOS sensor, which according to Sony is more compact than previous generation sensors.

Features of the sensor include a resolution of 22.5 mega-pixels, and a super fast focus speed of 0.03 seconds (which is something some might find hard to believe for now). Demo video below:

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Video recording options include 4K recording at 30fps, 1080p and 720p at 120fps and 240fps respectively. Another interesting feature this sensor boasts is 3-axis stabilisation, a demo of which you can find below.

It’s almost as if you’re using a gimbal… but I hope phone makers add the option of turning it off when needed.

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  1. MaxPower
    February 18, 2016

    It’s probably going to go to the new Xperia

    • balcobomber25
      February 18, 2016

      The Z5 was only released a few months ago and featured the IMX 300, a new Z6 probably won’t be out till at least June. The first phones to use this sensor will probably be from Samsung or LG.

  2. Adam Irvine
    February 18, 2016


  3. Mi-fan
    February 18, 2016

    Its so funny, they produce the best smartphone-camera sensors, yet their own xperia phones always have terrible camera performance. Balco is right one “flagship” after another like our dear friends at elephone

    • Steven Fox
      February 18, 2016

      Perhaps it`s the software that Sony have issue with, on paper their camera should perform better.
      Back in the day the Z and Z1 line had superior camera to anything on the market at that time, but Sony haven`t really been able to reproduce thoe results with their later generations of products.

    • balcobomber25
      February 18, 2016

      It’s two separate entities that produce the phones and sensors. Sony Mobile has the same access to Sony Sensors as their other partners do like LG, Huawei and Lenovo.

      The reason Sony’s phones haven’t been that great is poor software and too many releases. They don’t spend the time to optimize the sensor like other companies do. Sony mobile is a mess right now, they seem to have no strategy other than to release as many Z phones as soon as possible, even when some compete against each other. There midrange and budget line has pretty much fallen off a cliff. I wouldn’t be surprised if big Sony shuts down Sony Mobile in the next few years.