Sensor Supports Sensitive Surveillance

Sony Semiconductors’ STARVIS IMX327 sensor debuts as a more sensitive successor to the IMX290. The 2.1-Mpixel sensor with a 1/2.8 inch optical format, has a 1920 x 1080 pixel array using a 2.9-µm pixel size. The IMX327 reaches a frame rate of 60 fps at 12 bits. With its high sensitivity and reliable low-light performance, this reasonably priced sensor is viable for security and surveillance applications as well as for factory automation and industrial solutions.


The IMX327 features the STARVIS technology brings a back-illuminated pixel to the CMOS sensor providing a sensitivity of 2376 mV, combined with an SNR1s of 0.18 lux. The sensor delivers high image quality in the visible light and near infrared light spectrums.


High sensitivity, low dark current noise and no smear are unique characteristics of this sensor that provide excellent image reproduction and, when combined with improved RGB color mosaic filters, excellent color reproduction with little to no additional processing. The chips feature an electronic rolling shutter with variable charge-integration time that allows more flexibility in capturing precisely illuminated snapshots.

To further enhance the image quality, the IMX327 packs a High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature, with multiple exposures and digital overlap HDR. An anti-reflective coating version is available to enhance light transmission through the sensor cover glass, achieving even higher performance with a sensitivity of 2519mV and SNR1s of 0.17lux. The sensor has low power consumption, supports I/O switching and provides LVDS or MIPI CSI-2 output interfaces.


Evaluation samples are now available from FRAMOS, with mass production planned for Q1 2018.