Cameras on phones have come a long way since they were first introduced; from being able to capture photos in VGA to a whopping 8 megapixels that we are starting to see in some of the newer smartphones today. Most photography experts will tell you that the megapixels don’t really matter, and it’s usually a marketing gimmick used to sell cameras, unless of course you are looking to print poster/billboard sized photographs.
Now it seems that Toshiba has launched a new 1.12 micrometer pixel CMOS image sensor that boasts the industry’s smallest level pixel size. The new sensor is said to offer improved stability and imaging performance of back-side illumination technology aka BSI.
For those unfamiliar with BSI, typically camera lenses are mounted in the front of the sensor which limits the light due to wiring, but with BSI, the lenses will be mounted behind the sensor, which apparently boosts light sensitivity and absorption, which is said to produce finer image pixels.
If you’re not sure what all this means, basically we should start expecting future smartphones to feature cameras with better sensors and coming in with a slimmer form factor, as Toshiba plans to start mass producing their new CMOS sensors by the end of the year.