• Capturing the scenes you wanted to see and instants that could not be seen. Sony's CMOS Sensors: Exceptional Imaging Quality and Speed
  • Moment - Never Miss the Emotion of the Moment
  • Impression - Capturing the “Perfect Shot” from a Moving Picture
  • Beauty - Superb Picture Quality Created from a Sequence of Images
  • Speed - The More Clearly You See Life, the Better It Gets
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  • Moment - Never Miss the Emotion of the Moment
  • Impression - Capturing the “Perfect Shot” from a Moving Picture
  • Beauty - Superb Picture Quality Created from a Sequence of Images
  • Speed - The More Clearly You See Life, the Better It Gets

A new imaging world created by Sony's CMOS sensors, which provide both high speed and high picture quality

Sony develops CMOS sensors whose high-speed characteristics can be taken high definition recording and seamless capture of both moving and still images. Sony is also striving to create new possibilities for digital imaging by aiming at achieving high-speed imaging at rates up to several hundreds of frames per second. Furthermore, Sony is working to increase the number of pixels that can be read out at 60 frame/s to achieve even further improvements in high-speed imaging and contributing to creating a new axis of high quality, multifunction digital cameras based on this high-speed performance.

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Moment Never Miss the Emotion of the Moment

Until now, digital cameras, even single lens reflex cameras, have only been able to capture a few frames per second. Sony's high-speed CMOS sensors, however, are capable of the previously unthinkable high-speed imaging of capturing all pixels at 60 frame/s.
The fact of being able to select the one "that's it!" frame from not just a few, but 60, high-resolution images per second makes it possible to find the perfect moment afterwards.
The truly perfect moment, which until now could not have been captured, can now be captured for posterity with the high picture quality you expect from Sony.

Impression Capturing the “Perfect Shot” from a Moving Picture

Up to now image sensors have been able to read out the entire frame at only a few frames per second. Additionally, when switching to moving picture mode, a few frames at the beginning and the end will not be output correctly. Therefore, a user trying to take that “perfect shot” while capturing moving picture would lose that shot and the moving picture would be stopped for a few frames.
Even if the user succeeded in getting that “perfect shot”, the critical scene would be missing from the moving picture. So users have to give up on capturing moving picture for the scene if they want to capture a still shot.
If, however, still images are captured seamlessly at 60 frame/s during moving picture, it would be possible to dramatically increase the flexibility of imaging. The realism, dynamism, and impact of a single image would be amplified if, instead of just a single image, it were possible to weave together continuous high-resolution images.

Beauty Superb Picture Quality Created from a Sequence of Images

By using the increased information in the time direction they provide, high-speed CMOS sensors make it possible to implement camera shake correction and increased sensitivity (higher signal-to-noise ratio) functions. For example, an image with a signal-to-noise ratio several times higher than a single frame can be created by applying additive processing to several frames captured with all pixels at 60 frame/s. Similarly, a high-speed camera shake correction function can be implemented if images are stacked while applying camera shake correction to each image.
These functions make it possible to create bright images with no camera shake without using an in-lens camera shake correction function, even in somewhat dark environments where camera shake is likely to occur, such as at indoor events.

Sample Photos


Image with camera shake


Image with the camera shake corrected


Image with camera shake


Image with the camera shake corrected

Speed The More Clearly You See Life, the Better It Gets

Sony was able to achieve high-speed imaging at over 60 frame/s fairly easily by modifying the readout technique used in their high-speed CMOS sensors. Instants and images that normally cannot be seen can surprise and move the viewer.
The world of high-speed imaging, which was previously only used for special applications by organizations such as TV stations, can now be implemented easily for consumer video cameras and digital cameras.
Sony is working to create high-speed CMOS sensors that can easily capture regions that exceed the capabilities of the human eye.