First picture from Sony’s curved CMOS sensor

by XB on 7th July 2014

in Imaging

Curved CMOS sampleSony is currently working on a curved CMOS image sensor to allow for higher sensitivity, less distortion and a simpler lens system. It is only at the development stage right now with Sony developing two chips: one full-size chip (43mm) suitable for digital cameras and a smaller chip (11mm) suitable for mobile phones. See here for more details on this from our initial post.

The first image from the curved CMOS sensor has been published by Nikkei, which you can see below. There’s not much you can tell from it and there’s no raw image file so there’s not much to analyse. However, it does highlight that progress is being made. The report from Nikkei says that Sony is gearing up for the mass production process. We’ll keep you posted on this exciting new camera technology.

Curved CMOS sample

Via SAR.

Thanks Clarence!

  • P9

    best innovation as always.
    sony, the best.

  • cs098

    is this the mobile one or the digital camera one?

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    The curve sensor means that it can be apply with a curving body like arc design. Maybe we will see new refeshing arc design with a glass curve and metal chasis for new xperia line up. And also hoping for the comeback of the element of transperent.

  • MG

    The curvature of the sensor is an internal part of the camera that you won’t see it, and it has nothing to do with a curvature of the phone’s body that will host it.

  • Konstantin Ivanov

    Lets hope will see that sensor in the Z3 flagships :)

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Yeah i know that. What i meant is due to curve sensor tech required less lens of layer . so the sensor will be more thinner . It will look good with the back curve design. Sorry if my posting making u missunderstand.

  • Abdul Ghani

    SONY always makes best hardware z1 z1c z2 camera hardware is still the best but sony mobile team ruined the camera software by adding post processing and compression

  • Alex Norris

    These innovations that create SONY engineers, will not help us, because Stupid Sony programmers, like always will destroy all sensor potential .. ((

  • GuillermoMMonroe

    Maybe we will see new refeshing arc design with a glass curve and metal chasis for new xperia line up. And also hoping for the comeback of the element of transperent.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I hope it makes its way into the Z3, but it’s more likely that it’ll be in the Z4

  • Timbo1

    that has been Sony’s downfall for years. Its a damn shame that phones with Sony sensors outperform Sony’s phones with the same or better hardware because of the software.

  • mountain

    You are right. So what is the point of investing into olympus, who has the best jpeg processing engine, when sony simply does not use it?

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    No metal chasis please, JUST NO! Can you imagine the heat it’d generate??

  • iRiver iMP-700T

    Completely agree. But it is only as regards the budget cameras and Xperia. The software is easy horror, and the head of Sony doesn’t want anything to do with it. And Samsung Galaxy S5 with 13Mpix imposed to them by the collar of his jacket with 21Mpix. And the Chinese are the more they walked around like puppies for optimization. I think that Sony worthy harakiri for curves hands of programmers and lie for three years.

  • Abdul Ghani here is the proof where sony is failing software for camera

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    I dont found any issue using metal meterial aslong it comes with a proper cooling system. Regarding on that. Why no one ever mentioning that xperia z2 were using liquid cooling system . a second company adapt that after nec.

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Because the metal on the Z2 is on sides, on a full metal chassis like HTC One M8 the heating is heaps more, specially in hot countries like India.

    Metal phones = Strict No in warm countries.

  • That DOF.. Whoa.. Just nice :)

  • SonyXperiaBug

    You have a point man…

  • Billy de Fretes

    i’m gonna buy LG, or Samsung or apple when they use this curved cmos sensor because they know how to use this sensor properly unlike xperia devices

  • wared

    is this the first curved CMOS sensor in the world?

  • Arup

    All of you cursing SONY’s processing take a look at RX100 or NEX-7R, no other cameras including NIKON which uses same sensor comes close.

  • Impressive.

    Impressive. Any idea if the depth of field achieved in that shot is through software post processing? Or if it’s due to the physics of the lens that needs to adapt to the curve sensor thus creating such shallow depth of field?

  • Mohammed Khired

    and once you buy the phone , you find out the shitty software….

  • Ridhwan Azizan

    sony better improve its software.. these are the only major problems for them nowadays

  • lovebmw

    the compression crap is a nightmare…. it’s like you can have a ferrari 12 CYL, but you can only use 2 of the CYL… good luck racing LOL

  • Logic Troll

    Technically it cancels out each other. Logically a curved sensor should be thicker than a flat sensor. It’s like you take a piece of paper and bend it, it occupies a thicker space as compared to a flat piece of paper.

    In summary,
    Curved sensor = Thicker sensor, less lens elements
    Standard Sensor = Thinner sensor, more lens elements.

  • Logic Troll

    Just to add on. This prototype is a full frame version. There is no news that it can and or will be sized down for a compact mobile phone version. Or at least i have not come across such news. Anyone care to enlighten me?

  • SadPanda

    I used a Nokia N8. I can attest to that.. T_T

  • dangz

    This leak is just a prototype version of a full frame curved sensor. I highly doubt we’ll see it in the Z3 just yet. Even to be expecting to see it in the Z4 is pushing it a little.

  • Lucian

    Sony MOBILE has nothing to do with their camera department.. It would be fantastic if those guys would work on developing software for phones because what they do for their cameras is amazing.

  • Sumo

    It looks kind a sharp, but a bit dull… Well it’s still in development, so hard to comment. But I have faith with Sony.. just be ready to lash out big bucks once this is ready XD

  • J

    With the pro selfie trend that Sony is going with, I won’t be surprised the next flagship will feature a 20.1 MP with Sony G Lens as the front facing camera.

  • P9

    I’m a Z user, I do love it for most everything but the night camera shoot and this simple for phone camera..

  • This is meant mostly for point-shoot and DSLR

  • Mohammed Khired
  • Ok, I see now. XB mentions for smartphone but Engadget only said point shoot & dslr

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  • Damo Conti

    Have you played with either of the qx camera the sony camera dudes wrote sw for that and the pic look a million times better put some of the sony dslr sw dudes on the camera sw then we will do well

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