Imaging Technology

Sony's cutting-edge camera technology delivers stunningly lifelike photos and movies as well as supreme ease of use.

Sony's Image Sensor


Sony, one of the world's leading makers of image sensors, combines its top technologies to achieve the highest resolution and image quality in its full range of image sensor.

Sony is the world's No. 1 manufacturer of image sensors for digital cameras and video recorders (based on Sony research from April 2012 to March 2013 that shows Sony has a 50% market share).

No optical low-pass filter

New full-frame image sensor & no optical low-pass filter

The newly developed 36.4-megapixel* 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor delivers unbelievably high resolution in combination with high sensitivity and extremely low noise. Sony removed the optical low-pass filter to bring out the full potential of the sensor and lens, thus achieving an enhanced sense of clarity with supremely realistic details to the very edges of your photos. An AR coating also reduces flare and ghosting.

* Approximate effective megapixels

Gapless on-chip lens design

Gapless, optimally positioned on-chip lensesr

Sony optimized the design and positioning of every on-chip lens (OCL) covering every pixel to significantly enhance light-gathering efficiency. This raises sensitivity while maintaining low noise and achieving an impressive S/N ratio. A gapless on-chip lens design eliminates the gaps between micro-lenses to collect more light. Moreover, each on-chip lens is optimally positioned depending on its location to accommodate the sharper angle of light entering the periphery, which is caused by larger sensor dimensions being teamed with the E-mount's short flange-back distance.

Various advances in sensor technology

Various advances in sensor technology

The exceptional performance of the image sensor was achieved through various advanced sensor features. For example, light concentration technology compressed the height of circuitry to dramatically increase the amount of light collected by each pixel, while photodiode expansion technology increased the size of the photodiode at every pixel to improve the sensor's dynamic range and further raise sensitivity while maintaining low noise and achieving a high S/N ratio.

New BIONZ X image processing engine


Sony proudly introduces the new BIONZ X image processing engine, which faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye.

Detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology

Two new technologies contribute to remarkably realistic images and bring out the full depiction performance of α lenses. Detail reproduction technology depicts details more faithfully with a more natural sense of dimension by preventing the overemphasized outlines that plague most digital images. Diffraction-reducing technology suppresses the effects of diffraction, which causes points of light to appear blurred especially at small aperture settings (large F-numbers). By taking the aperture setting into account, this technology faithfully restores clarity to points of light and other fine details: It brings out the potential of the lens, 36-megapixel image sensor and optical low-pass filter-free design so you can enjoy deep focus shooting of landscapes and more with a higher sense of clarity.

Detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology

Area-specific noise reduction

Area-specific noise reduction is now more powerful than ever. It selectively divides the image into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly colored areas like blue skies), then applies the most appropriate noise reduction for each area to markedly reduce noise and improve image quality — especially at high-sensitivity settings. Working together with detail reproduction technology, it delivers supremely clear images with exceptionally fine detail.

Area-specific noise reduction

16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW output

16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW output help preserve maximum detail and produce images of the highest quality with rich tonal gradations. The 14-bit RAW (Sony ARW) format ensures optimal quality for later image adjustment (via Image Data Converter or other software).

New BIONZ system

G Lenses

G Lenses

Sony G Lenses are an exceptional breed. They inherit a distinguished pedigree from the original Minolta lens line, with industry-leading Sony design and quality assurance technology added to push their performance to the forefront of twenty-first century photography.

G Lenses impart a visual elegance to every aspect of the images they produce: extraordinary presence at in-focus areas, smoothly dissolving to luscious out-of-focus rendering that can provide a beautiful foundation for captivating photographic art. Their handling is extraordinary too, with intimate operation and response that seamlessly connect the process of taking photographs to the photographer's imagination.

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