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It’s obvious enough that a smartphone like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium makes use of Sony components, but Sony’s camera modules can be found in a variety of devices from a number of notable companies. You know that iPhone you’ve got or that Nexus 6P in your hand? It’s got a Sony smartphone camera sensor. And it’s got that unsightly hunchback of Notre Dame thing going on too.

Part of the challenge with achieving the kind of smartphone camera performance we desire in devices as slim as we’d like is that we end up with what has come to be known as the camera bump or “lens bump” on the back. Sony could be fixing this problem head on with its newest mobile image sensor, the IMX318.

A happy addition to the Sony Exmor RS family, the IMX318 uses a stacked 1/2.5-inch CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 22.5 megapixels. More importantly, the IMX318 is quite a bit smaller than the Sony camera sensors that came before it. It also features a better hybrid autofocus system that snap your shots into focus in 0.03 seconds. Along with 3-axis electronic image stabilization, you should get some pretty great photos here.

Coupled with some great camera software and thrown into a more complete smartphone package, the IMX318 could finally give us great smartphone camera performance without the ugly lens bump. Quasimodo can be a handsome prince. The IMX318 should start shipping in May with sample prices set at 2,000 yen.

Via Sony and MobileSyrup

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