Sony did a great job on the mirrorless camera segment over the past few years and now it seems that the Japanese company wants to use it’s tradition in the business to improve the cameras integrated on their smartphones. It’s not the first time we hear about a Sony-branded smartphone that aims at the users who want excellent photo quality.
Now we hear that the Sony flagship codenamed Honami will integrate a big image sensor, maybe the biggest on the Android market. Just for comparison’s sake, the camera sensor used for the Sony Honami will be larger than the average sensor used nowadays for the compact cameras.
Anyway, Sony Honami will not try to steal the crown from Nokia 808 PureView. The chart below, made by the folks at VR-Zone.com, shows us a comparison between the sizes of the most important smartphone camera sensors currently on the market. For those familiar to the high-end compact cameras, Sony Honami will have a sensor larger than the one of the Cannon models in the G line-up. A high quality glass lens called Cyber Shot G will be placed in front of the sensor. The image processing will be made in a way similar to the company’s cameras, while the user interface of the Camera app will be changed significantly.
On the other hand Sony Honami will not be a thin smartphone, but it will be thinner than Nokia’s 808 or N8 models, which have a thick protuberance on the back, in the camera area. Rumor has it that the smartphone will have a 5-inch display with full HD resolution, while the 1/1.6″ CMOS sensor will have a resolution of 16 or 20 megapixels.
Sony Honamy, which is known internally as C670X is expected to debut early fall. We are eager to see how Sony will try to be competitive in the cameraphone business, aren’t you?