Sony this week showed off a new smartphone camera sensor the company says is capable of shooting video at 1,000 frames per second in 1080p. To compare, the iPhone 7 can shoot 240 frames per second at 720p. Quite the difference; users should be able to capture some truly spectacular footage at higher speeds.
The new CMOS sensor features a 3-layer stack with DRAM, which Sony says can capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion.
The below video is an example of what capturing slow motion video is like with Sony’s new 3-layer stacked sensor. Motion essentially comes to a crawl. Sony says the feature can detect subject movement on its own and automatically shoot at the higher speed.
Your smartphone camera is about to get better
It’s unclear how soon Sony will let manufacturers use its new sensor, but you can bet companies will be lining up to do so. Many of the top phone manufacturers use Sony sensors, so it’s probably a safe bet to assume Apple and Google handsets will utilize the 3-layer sensor in the future.