Japanese technology company Sony has revealed it will begin shipping a new 21-megapixel smartphone image sensor next year.
The company is already behind some of the best mobile image sensors, and the upgraded 21MP sensor will only add to Sony’s good reputation in the market.
Sony’s Exmor RS IMX230 sensor has a higher megapixel count and faster auto-focus, according to a statement from Sony.
Auto focus is improved with this shooter since it includes the ability to use 192 AF points. Those points help when capturing any object that is moving fast, and they result in clearer movement photos.
The sensor will be available for just $18, and since it is launching in April 2015, the sensor is expected to make its way into smartphones within the next year. The 21-megapixel shooter could conceivably be included with the next Sony Xperia smartphone, but Sony did not release any information on Monday about its upcoming devices.