Sony IMX686 Camera Sensor Photo and Video Capabilities Teased, 64MP Resolution Expected


Sony has not seen good days lately when it comes to Android smartphones. The company has launched a bunch of smartphones over the past year, but it looks like the good-old-days of the Sony smartphones are gone, at least for now. That said, the company is still a significant contributor to the Android ecosystem when it comes to providing top-quality camera sensors.  Sony’s IMX586 is amongst the first and the most popular 48MP sensors as a lot of smartphone manufacturers have constantly been utilizing the same in their devices lately. As it turns out, the company has already started working on its next generation of sensor dubbed IMX686.

Sony teases the upcoming IMX686 camera sensor’s photo and video capabilities

In a recent post on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, Sony showcased the video and photo capabilities of the upcoming IMX686 sensor.

Though the company has so far refrained from telling as to what the resolution of the Sony IMX686 sensor will be, the world of rumors has suggested that we will be getting either a 60MP sensor or a 64MP unit.

Starting off with the video, the video is shot in varying lighting conditions and though it is too early to decide the actual performance of the sensor, the first impressions are pretty solid. Sadly enough, the video does not give us any intel on the sensor’s actual specifications.

The video further suggests that the sensor will be unveiled next year, so we can very well expect the next year’s flagship smartphones to feature this sensor. At least the companies like Xiaomi and Realme are most likely going to utilize the Sony IMX686 sensor.

If you are wondering as to which smartphone was used to capture the video, it should be noted that Sony has not used the IMX686 sensor on an actual device yet. Rather, the sensor is installed on a prototype board and a PC to take the shots. The smartphone which is being showcased in the video is just for illustration purpose.

“All photos (still images) captured in this video were using Sony’s image sensor model IMX686 on a prototype board and PC. The smartphone in this movie is a mock-up and shot no images”

Here are some sample shots which the company has teased –

Sadly enough, the company has not shared the full-resolution images yet, so we can’t really tell for sure as to what the actual image quality of the IMX686 sensor will be, but one thing is for sure – the images are going to be amazing judging by the samples. Moreover, the night shots are also going to be the talk-of-the-town with the advent of the IMX686 sensor.

As of now, this is all we know about the upcoming sensor by Sony, but we are sure to receive further intel on the same in the coming days. The smartphone manufacturers will surely start teasing their smartphones that are going to utilize this sensor once Sony starts making things official.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Sony IMX686 sensor? Will be it any good? Do let us know in the comments section below.