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Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:22

Toshiba comes up with 20-megapixel image sensor

Written by Nick Farrell



Can create the highest resolution

Toshiba says that it has created a 20-megapixel image sensor which can capture 30 frames per second at full resolution. 

Apparently the sensor will be able to shoot video at 60 frames per second at 1080p or 100 frames at 720p. Toshiba said it will begin shipping samples of the new CMOS chips from next month, with mass production to begin in August of 300,000 units monthly. Digital point-and-shoot cameras are steadily falling in price and an increasing threat of smartphones and mobile devices. The number of pixels a camera can capture is not always a direct measure of the overall quality of its images, but many users don’t really understand that.

The image resolution of top-end smartphones now often meets or exceed that of digital cameras. The Nokia 808 PureView launched earlier this year has a 41-megapixel image sensor. Toshiba said that it has increased the amount of information pixels in the new chip can store compared to its previous generation of CMOS, producing better overall images. It has also reduces the size of pixels - the new 20-megapixel version has individual pixels that measure 1.2 micrometers, down from 1.34 micrometers in its 16-megapixel product.

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