The satisfaction of creating a cracking slow-motion video is second to none. The only problem being that until now, Smartphones have been pretty limited in terms of their capabilities to deliver the kinds of results that impress. Even with the most advanced zoom add-ons, phone cases and accessories out there, it’s still hard to nail it.
We say ‘until now’ because the maniacs over at Sony have only gone and created an image sensor for Smartphones that can record video clips at a mind-blowing 1,000 frames per second. That’s no misprint…a thousand!
If you’re interested in the technical side of things, it all works by way of a two-layered image sensor being taken a step further with DRAM – or dynamic random access memory – which basically allows for ridiculously clean and crisp footage to be shot with less distortion. It lets the device in question record videos at the kinds of frame rates never before possible for such devices, taking in 19.3-million pixel images in 1/120 of a second, so says Sony.
The sensor takes the conventional two-layered image sensor concept and stacks a third layer of dynamic random access memory, giving the sensor faster readout speeds that can prevent distortion during high-speed photography and record videos at a significantly higher frame rate. This represents a massive step forward, given the way in which it was only a year ago they announced the IMX318 sensor that wasn’t 25% as capable as the new sensor.
Along with being able to capture incredible images while the subject is in motion, the new sensor will allow for 1,000fps video capture at full 1080p quality. This completely annihilates anything that’s currently available, including the capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 7 which can capture video at 240fps, but only at 720p.
As for when the new sensor will make it out into the wild in the form of a Smartphone, Sony isn’t giving away anything as of yet. Still, we might hear more about it at MWC at the end of the month, with a bit of luck.