New Sony image sensor shoots high-res video

Sony IMX492LQJ image sensor
Sony's new 47MP Micro Four Thirds image sensor can reportedly record 10-bit 8K/30p video with a 17:9 crop ratio. (Sony)

Sony has released the specs for a new 47MP Micro Four Thirds image sensor claimed to be for surveillance and industrial cameras. The image sensor, which can record 10-bit 8K/30p video with a 17:9 crop ratio is reportedly for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S digital camera, according to an article on the site PetaPixel.

The image sensor, designated model name IMX492LQJ, is described as “a diagonal 23.1-mm (Type 1.4) CMOS image sensor with a color square pixel array and approximately 47.08M effective pixels” which can operate at three different voltages to reduce power consumption and promises “high-sensitivity” and “low dark current”, said the article.

The sensor’s outstanding attribute, according to Sony in the article, is the ability to output 8192 x 4320 (8K video) in a 17:9 aspect ratio at up to 31.3 frames per second, or read out the full 8192 x 5556 pixels at up to 24.17 frames per second.

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According to the article, it has not been confirmed if the sensor will actually be designed into future Panasonic Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S. The current sensor in that camera uses a 10.28 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor that can record 4K video at 60 pixels with a maximum resolution of 3680 x 2760 pixels.

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