Diagonal 7.20 mm (Type 1/2.5) Approx. 8.51M-Effective Pixel Color CMOS Image Sensor


16:9 Aspect Ratio CMOS Image Sensor Capable of 4K (3840 × 2160) Output for Industrial Applications

Sony has commercialized the "IMX274LQC" Type 1/2.5 (16:9) back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 8.51M effective pixels for the expanding 4K market.
The IMX274LQC is capable of 4K (3840 × 2160) output at 60 frames/s in ADC 10-bit mode. In addition, the DOL (Digital Overlap)-type HDR (High Dynamic Range) function is supported at 30 frames/s, realizing 4K video imaging with a wide dynamic range. The IMX274LQC has lower power consumption and is smaller than the existing 4K support CMOS image sensor (IMX172LQT), and the interface supports Sub-LVDS and MIPI CSI-2, enabling use in security camera and industrial applications.

  • High-speed video imaging function
  • Versatile interface
  • DOL-HDR function
  • Compact device size

Exmor R
* 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 Exmor™ pixel adopted column parallel A/D converter to back-illuminated type.

* STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporation. The STARVIS is back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS image sensors for surveillance camera applications. It features a sensitivity of 2000 mV or more per 1 µm2 (color product, when imaging with a 706 cd/m2 light source, F5.6 in 1 s accumulation equivalent), and realizes high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions.

High-speed video imaging function

The IMX274LQC realizes 4K (3840 × 2160) all-pixel scan at 30 frames/s in ADC 12-bit mode, and at the high frame rate output of 60 frames/s in ADC 10-bit mode, making it the ideal CMOS image sensor for expanding 4K market applications. The IMX274LQC also realizes Full HD (1920 × 1080) output at 60 frames/s in ADC 12-bit mode (mode 1) and 120 frames/s in ADC 10-bit mode (mode 2), enabling high-speed video imaging. In addition, various other readout methods are also supported, and diverse drive modes can be selected (Table-3).
Use of a lower frame rate makes it possible to reduce power consumption.

Versatile interface

The IMX274LQC is equipped with two types of output interface (Sub-LVDS, MIPI CSI-2) to meet diverse needs. Both interfaces are capable of 4K 60 frames/s (ADC 10-bit) output, so the interface can be selected in accordance with the DSP and system used (Table-1).

DOL-HDR function

The IMX274LQC is Sony's first CMOS image sensor to support a DOL-type HDR function for a 4K angle of view. This makes it possible to shoot 4K video with an expanded dynamic range. The modes that support the DOL function are 4K (3840 × 2160) ADC 10-bit 30 frames/s and Full HD (1920 × 1080) ADC 10-bit 60 frames/s (Table-3).

Compact device size

The IMX274LQC realizes a compact package size of 10.70 mm (H) × 8.50 mm (V) × 1.62 mm (t). This reduced camera size expands the range of potential security camera and industrial applications.

Table 1 Device Structure
Item IMX274LQC
Output image size Diagonal 7.20 mm (Type 1 / 2.5) aspect ratio 16:9
Number of effective pixels 3864 (H) × 2202 (V) approx. 8.51M pixels
Unit cell size 1.62 µm (H) × 1.62 µm (V)
Optical blacks Horizontal Front: 0 pixels, rear: 0 pixels
Vertical Front: 16 pixels, rear: 0 pixels
Input drive frequency 12 MHz / 24 MHz / 36 MHz / 72 MHz (Sub-LVDS)
6 MHz / 12 MHz / 18 MHz / 24 MHz (MIPI CSI-2)
Interface Sub-LVDS (576 Mbps / ch, Max.10 ch) *1
MIPI CSI-2 (1.440 Gbps / Lane) *1
Package 92-pin LGA
Supply voltage VDD (Typ.) 2.8 V / 1.8 V / 1.2 V

*1 Sensor slave mode when using Sub-LVDS and sensor master mode when using MIPI.

Table 2 Image Sensor Characteristics
Item Value Remarks
Sensitivity (F5.6) Typ. 237 mV 1/30s accumulation
Saturation signal Min. 630 mV Tj = 60 °C
Table 3 Basic Drive Mode
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate
All-pixel scan (12 bit) 3840 (H) × 2160 (V) 29.97 12
All-pixel scan (10 bit) 3840 (H) × 2160 (V) 59.94 10
Mode 1*2(12 bit) 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 59.94 12
Mode 2*2(10 bit) 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 119.88 10
Mode 3*2(10 bit) 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 29.97 10
Mode 4*2 1280 (H) × 720 (V) 119.88 10
Mode 5*2 1280 (H) × 540 (V) 239.76 10
Basic Drive Mode
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate
All-pixel scan (10 bit)  DOL*1 3840 (H) × 2160 (V) 29.97 10
Mode 6 (10 bit)  DOL*1*2 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 59.94 10

*1 There are restrictions on the storage time setting values when using DOL.
*2 With vertical addition

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


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The IMX274LQC is a specialized 4K CMOS image sensor for security camera and industrial applications in the expanding 4K market. The high frame rate, compact size, and low power consumption enable use in various applications. You are invited to experience the expanding 4K world provided by the IMX274LQC.

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