Sony unveils two new CMOS sensors with incredible low-light capabilities

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:42 PM EDT

It seems like each week brings new Sony sensor tech. This week is no different with the announcement of the Starvis and Pregius, a pair of security camera sensors that pack incredible tech into a little device.

First up is Starvis, a back-illuminated CMOS sensor that can capture images in incredibly low light. Just how little light? Well, for those more technically inclined, Sony notes the Starvis features a sensitivity of ‘2000 mV or more per 1 µm2 (color product, when imaging with a 706 cd/m2 light source, F5.6 in 1 s accumulation equivalent), and realizes high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions.’

The video below, shared by Sony, shows just how capable his new sensor is:

Next up is the Pregius, a global shutter CMOS sensor tech that uses Sony’s low-noise CCD structure to yield an extremely high quality of picture for its size. The video below shares the technology that goes into the Pregius sensor:


Neither of these cameras are designed to be used in consumer cameras, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the design and technology trickle down. Only time will tell, but it’s exciting to see the new tech regardless.

(via Sony Alpha Rumors)