Diagonal 6.15 mm (Type 1/2.9) Approx. 6.82M-Effective Pixel Color CMOS Image Sensor


CMOS Image Sensor that Supports Variety of Output Formats for Security Camera and Industrial Applications

Sony has commercialized the "IMX326LQC"-type 1/2.9 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 6.82 M effective pixels for the expanding security camera market.
The IMX326LQC is capable of up to 6 M (3096 × 2196) 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 video imaging with a wide dynamic range.
This makes the IMX326LQC a CMOS image sensor that can support various and applications.

  • High-speed video imaging function
  • Variety of output formats
  • DOL-HDR function
  • Compact device size (Pin compatibility with IMX274LQC)

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 IMX326LQC realizes up to 6 M (3096 × 2196) all-pixel scan at 30 frames/s in ADC 12-bit mode, and at the high frame rate output of 60 frame/s in ADC 10-bit mode, making it ideal for expanding security camera market applications.
For applications not requiring a high frame rate, power consumption can be reduced through the use of a lower frame rate.

Variety of output formats

The IMX326LQC supports variety of output formats (3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1 output angles of view) in consideration of normal box-type cameras as well as omnidirectional cameras and multi-sensor cameras, which are becoming increasingly common. (Table-3)

DOL-HDR function

The IMX326LQC supports the DOL-type HDR function for a 6 M angle of view. This makes it possible to shoot high-resolution video with an expanded dynamic range. The modes that support the DOL function are 6 M (3096 × 2196) ADC 10-bit 30 frames/s and Full HD (1920 × 1080) ADC 10-bit 60 frames/s. (Table-3)

Compact device size (Pin compatibility with IMX274LQC)

The IMX326LQC realizes a compact package size of 10.70 mm (H) × 8.50 mm (V) × 1.62 mm (t). This reduced size enables use for such applications as multi-sensor cameras. In addition, pin compatibility is with the IMX274LQC*1.

*1: See the New Product Information released in October 2016.

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Photograph 1 Sample Images

Condition: 16:9 mode, F1.6, 30 frame/s

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500 lx  Gain 1 dB

Table 1 Device Structure
Item IMX326LQC
Output image size Diagonal 6.15 mm (Type 1 / 2.9) aspect ratio 3:2
Number of effective pixels 3096 (H) × 2202 (V) approx.6.82M 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. 645 mV Tj = 60 °C
Table 3 Basic Drive Mode
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate
All-pixel scan (12 bit) 3072 (H) × 2160 (V) 30 12
5M 4:3 scan (12 bit) 2592 (H) × 1944 (V) 30 12
5M 16:9 scan (12 bit) 3072 (H) × 1728 (V) 30 12
4M 1:1 scan (12 bit) 2160 (H) × 2160 (V) 30 12
All-pixel scan (10 bit) 3072 (H) × 2160 (V) 60 10
5M 4:3 scan (10 bit) 2592 (H) × 1944 (V) 60 10
5M 16:9 scan (10 bit) 3072 (H) × 1728 (V) 60 10
4M 1:1 scan (10 bit) 2160 (H) × 2160 (V) 60 10
Basic Drive Mode
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate
All-pixel scan (10 bit)  DOL*1 3072 (H) × 2160 (V) 30 10
Full HD (10 bit)  DOL*1*2 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 60 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 IMX326LQC is a CMOS image sensor with a compact package size for security camera and industrial applications that is capable of 6 M high-resolution video recording at 60 frames/s.
Pin compatibility with the IMX274LQC helps to expand customer lineup.
Please consider using Sony's IMX326LQC high-resolution CMOS image sensor.

Designers Ms. Ando , Mr. Ikeuchi , Mr. Tayama