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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sony CEO leak plans for 8MP iPhone 5 camera

   Sony chief Sir Howard Stringer may have unintentionally given away plans for an eight-megapixel camera in the iPhone 5. During an interview with the WSJ's Walt Mossberg, he claimed that the company's camera sensor plant in Sendai had seen hit by the Japanese earthquake and that shipments of sensors to Apple would be delayed. Apple has so far only sourced cameras from OmniVision, suggesting that Sony was shipping for a future model.

    Apple might have been eying Sony's new Exmor R camera sensors, as found in the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc , and the recently announced Xperia neo. The 8MP camera sensor there is backlit, which helps it cope with low light situations, similar to what the current 5MP OmniVision
sensor in the iPhone 4 does. Watch a video demo of what backlighting does with the Exmor R sensor a Sony Ericsson rep gave us at the MWC Expo last week after the source link.

     Apple has often insisted on overall quality over megapixel count and would get its needs met while still seeing a sensor upgrade.

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