Sony launches a high-resolution IMX661 CMOS image sensor – Sony launched its faster, higher-resolution CMOS image sensor on Thursday, also highlighting a global shutter function. This is considered the largest image sensor in the world. As indicated by the company, this is the most notable and highest pixel count on the market. Sony says that this can offer an optical size 10 times larger than a normal type 1.1 image sensor related to a C Mount.
The sensor has a global shutter technology called “Pregius”, and without any distortion, it can capture any moving object. In comparison with traditional CMOS image sensors, the Sony IMX661 3.6 type image sensor can capture (four times) 4x faster image reading speeds.
Sony IMX661 Image Sensor
In case of availability, this new image sensor was created for industrial purposes. But there is no need for disappointment on the inside. Sony may bring high pixels to its consumer product in the coming days. The company said at the launch date that this product could solve many complicated challenges in which industrial cameras are used. The Sony IMX661 is expected to be available from April 2021 in a variety of 2 color categories – Black and White.
According to specifications, the largest CMOS image sensor has a pixel size of 3.45 μm and a diagonal optical size of 56.73 mm. Sony says the goal was to capture a wide view without distortion of motion in a single imaging activity. The high-resolution image sensor is expected to improve recognition accuracy and processing performance, which will ultimately provide faster processing. Sony says it can best be used for wide-area observation and aerial photography in industrial space, where this feature is obviously an attractive point to buy the image sensor.
The Sony IMX661 will also increase the speed of reading the image to balance the higher volume of signal processing that accompanies the increase in the number of pixels.
Sony’s new image sensor additionally comes with a variety of signal processing skills needed for industrial purposes, for example, trigger timing to control image time, multiple apertures to recognize the direction of moving objects, exposure time short for blur-free images of items moving at high speed and pixel binning reading to improve sensitivity in low light circumstances. Overall, the image sensor will pave the way for future photography.