Xiaomi Mi 4 Camera: Better than the Current Flagships Sporting a new Sensor from Sony!

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Jul 302014
 

This new phone was released in China but not here in the USA. I think the camera with it’s video HDR capability is interesting in that it also features 4K resolution. It sounds like the Sony sensor that has been mentioned for the iPhone 6. We will have to wait a while to find out…

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“Xiaomi finally unwrapped its much talked about beauty, the Mi 4, at a huge event earlier today. While the device is still not official for the United States and Europe, there are hopes that the Chinese favorite will get to the bigger markets too with its amazing features and a fighting specifications list. The smartphone is at par in terms of features with the other primary flagships that we usually talk about, however, what is the cherry of this features’ list is the Xiaomi Mi 4 camera! At 13 megapixel, the rear shooter uses a new Sony sensor that not only makes low-light photography a real charm, but also tackles with earlier issues of recording and HDR photography.

Xiaomi Mi 4 has launched today with a 13 megapixel primary shooter with a wide f/1.8 aperture. Xiaomi Mi 4 camera features a new Sony sensor IMX214 which is a BSI stacked CMOS sensor with a 1/3.06″. The new Sony sensor is a much improved sensor than the last generation IMX135 that was used in many flagships including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G3.
The major, and perhaps the most pleasing news for many consumers, is the improvement that the sensor offers for low-light photography. Because the Sony IMX214 is more sensitive and has less color crosstalk, it significantly improves low-light photography and produces better color-balanced images. The smartphone has improved the low-light photography department by taking a flash-less image along with another with flash, combining both to get both lit-up and much more natural looking images. The shooter also has a post-capture image refocus mode which seems quite handy along with a very easy exposure adjustment interface when you open the camera.”

Read full article: WCCFtech.com

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Samsung Galaxy S5’s Amazing HDR Video!

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Jul 282014
 

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“Short film of Trieste, Italy featuring HDR Video and FHD 1080p footage shot entirely on the Samsung GALAXY S5.”

I think this is quite impressive, however keep in mind that this was shot by pros using a lot of additional gear!

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Sony pumps $994 million into stacked CMOS to let smartphones record HDR Video

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Jun 222012
 

Sony pumps $994 million into building stacked CMOS that lets smartphones record HDR Video — Engadget

TVTechnology: Sony Sinks Nearly $1 Billion Into HDR-Capable Stacked CMOS Sensors

Sony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors

– Increasing total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 60,000 wafers per month to supply image sensors mainly for smartphones –
June 22, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Center (“Nagasaki TEC”) from the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, to increase the production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.*1

This investment is intended to provide for new wafer processing equipment for stacked CMOS image sensors, and to increase and transform wafer lines capable of manufacturing CMOS image sensors.
With this development, Sony plans to increase total production capacity for CCD and CMOS image sensors to approximately 60,000 wafers per month by the end of September 2013.*2

In light of the rapidly expanding demand for smartphones and tablets, Sony plans to continue to solidify its leading global position in CMOS image sensors by strengthening its production capabilities for stacked CMOS image sensors, which provide greater performance in a more compact form. Furthermore, Sony intends to accelerate its growth strategy by incorporating superior core technologies, including stacked CMOS image sensors, into a wide range of products for its digital imaging and mobile businesses, which are priorities within its electronics business.

The investment amount is approximately 80 billion yen, of which, the amount to be invested in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 (approximately 45 billion yen) was included in the forecast of the capital expenditures for semiconductors in the current fiscal year announced at the annual earnings release on May 10, 2012. In addition, Sony will utilize a governmental subsidy in its investment plan which will be provided by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan, through the “Subsidy for Domestic Location Promotion Projects” program.