Diagonal 4.6 mm (Type 1/4.0) 8.08M-Effective Pixel Color CMOS Image Sensor


CMOS Image Sensor for Mobile Products (Smartphones or Tablets) Enabling HD Video Imaging at 180 Frame/s

Sony is releasing "IMX219PQ", Type 1/4.0, approximately 8.08M effective pixels, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for the growing mobile market. The IMX219PQ satisfies the fulfillment performance of "high sensitivity" and "high frame rate imaging" to meet the demands for high-quality camera applications, and can be easily put on camera fronts of stylish and slim bezel devices achieved by the reduced size.
Not only the normal rate of all-8M pixels at full field of view and 30 frame/s, 4 times faster imaging is also possible by 2 × 2 analog binning mode. Also, a LSC function*1 corrects optical unevenness to adjust during the module fabrication process, and contributes to suppressing of system cost. Additionally, combining with a rear-end ISP supporting of BME-HDR*2 enables future scalability of the high-dynamic-range video imaging.

*1: Lens Shading Correction function
*2: Two different exposure controls supporting Binning Multiplexed Exposure HDR

  • High-speed video imaging function
  • Lens Shading Correction function (LSC)
  • Supports BME-HDR
  • Easy to replace the existing product IMX111

* Exmor R is a trademark of Sony Corporation. The Exmor R is a Sony's CMOS image sensor with significantly enhanced imaging characteristics including sensitivity and low noise by changing fundamental structure of ExmorTM pixel adopted column parallel A/D converter to back-illuminated type.

High-Speed Video Imaging Function

Not only the simultaneous still picture and video imaging at 30 frame/s in all pixels (no shutter lag and simultaneous recording), but also 4 times faster imaging became possible by 2 × 2 analog binning mode. This enables HD video recording with 2M pixels at full field of view and 120 frame/s, or 1280 × 720 pixels of 16:9 aspect ratio at 180 frame/s. (Using MIPI 4Lane)
Slow-motion recording using this function reproduces dynamic movements into a smooth video (See moving image 1.) in sports scene recording, and sensitive movements or expressions beyond human vision can be captured. (See moving image 2.)
The IMX219PQ fulfills camera features and also provides an exciting new experience for all of customers, enabling Sony and the IMX219PQ to contribute to the functional differentiation of smartphone cameras. (See table 1.)

Lens Shading Correction Function

The IMX219PQ has a lens shading correction function with four independent colors. It can be used for not only normal lens shading correction, and also can serve as an individual module adjustment of deviation in the lens assembly process during the module fabrication.
Calibration data is written in a built-in OTP during the module inspection to contribute to the short loading time when the camera is turned on.
One from three tables can be selected according to color temperature and there exists two-table blending mode for interpolation.

Supports BME-HDR

To support BME-HDR function (See figure 1.) of the existing products IMX134/135*3 that Sony introduced to the market preceding the IMX219PQ, the sensor features a function of the basic technology to set two different exposure conditions. Furthermore, synthesizing from these two different exposure conditions by ISP (Image Signal Processor chip) and applying tone curve optimization enables HDR video recording.

*3: 2012 August 20th News Releases

Easy to Replace the Existing Product IMX111

The IMX219PQ retains the equivalent electrical characteristics, spectral sensitivity characteristics, and CRA curve of the existing product IMX111. At the same time, it adds functions to improve picture quality and high-speed imaging, and supports MIPI 2Lane mode in addition to 4Lane mode.
Consequently, small firmware modification can replace this latest image sensor functionally enhanced with ease. (See table 2 and figure 2.)

Moving Image 1 Tennis (Serve) Recording at 180 frame/s

*Recorded with a sample module, the actual picture quality of the image sensor might be different.

Moving Image 2 Dog Agility Slalom Recording at 180 frame/s

*Recorded with a sample module, the actual picture quality of the image sensor might be different.

Figure 1 About BME HDR

Figure 1

An image processing technology for subjects with high contrast. It synthesizes different exposure conditions into an image so that both bright and dark data can be seen at the same time.

Figure 2 Target CRA (Compared with the IMX111)


Table 1 Imaging Size and Frame Rate
Size Frame rate Remarks
3280 × 2464 (full size) 30 frame/s  
1640 × 1232 (1/4 size) 120 frame/s  
1408 × 792 (full FOV for 1280 x 720 HD video) 180 frame/s *High-sensitivity mode
1280 × 720 (720 at HD, cropping) 198 frame/s *High-sensitivity mode
960 × 540 (QHD, cropping) 240 frame/s *High-sensitivity mode
Table 2 Device Comparison
Item IMX111PQ IMX219PQ
Image size Diagonal 4.60 mm (Type 1/4.0) Diagonal 4.60 mm (Type 1/4.0)
Total number of pixels 3296 (H) x 2512 (V)
Approx. 8.28M pixels
3296 (H) x 2512 (V)
Approx. 8.28M pixels
Number of active pixels 3280 (H) x 2464 (V)
Approx. 8.08M pixels
3280 (H) x 2464 (V)
Approx. 8.08M pixels
Fabrication process Back-illuminated process Back-illuminated process
Unit cell size 1.12 µm (H) × 1.12 µm (V) 1.12 µm (H) × 1.12 µm (V)
Output format MIPI 2, 1 Lane MIPI 4, 2 Lane
Control communication interface I2C I2C fast mode plus (1 MHz)
Power supply
Analog 2.7 +0.2/-0.1 V 2.8 ± 0.2 V
Digital 1.2 ± 0.1 V 1.2 +0.1/-0.12 V
I/O 1.8 ± 0.1 V 1.8 ± 0.18 V
PGA 41.7 dB (Max.) 44.56 dB (Max.)
Input clock frequency 6 to 60 MHz 6 to 27 MHz

Signal processing function within sensor

Spot pixel compensation
Moving picture specifications 720p 60 frame/s
540M bps/Lane × 2 Lane
180 frame/s
726M bps/Lane × 4 Lane
1080p 30 frame/s
405M bps/Lane × 2 Lane
60 frame/s
726M bps/lane × 4 Lane

*Sony reserves the right to change products and specifications without prior notice.


Compared to existing products, we have developed IMX219PQ to achieve "more appealing functions for more users" and launched it on the mobile market.
We operate technical support centers in each region (three cities in China, Taiwan, US, and UK) besides Japan.
Contact the following office for data sheets, application notes and other download services from the Sony website.


We will collaborate with more AP makers to enhance customer satisfaction and will continue to expand the product lineup and fulfill the support organization so that we can offer ease of use with this product.

Application Engineer: Mr.Nomura  Mr.Sasaki  Mr.Kishimoto